Date: Wed, 21 Jan 1998 18:29:43 +1100
From: Global Web Builders <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Australian politician lifts MAI into the political arena
Press release by Pauline Hanson MP,
member for Oxley
21 January 1998
As the mainstream Australian parties have refused to face the issue of MAI,
Independent Federal Member of the Australian Parliament for the seat of
Oxley, Pauline Hanson, raised the issue of MAI before the Australian public
Her press conference was featured on most commercial television stations
this evening and should receive coverage in the Australian press tomorrow
lifting the awareness of MAI in Australia. (Australia's richest man, Kerry
Packer's television Channel 9, was the exception - although covering Ms
Hanson's press conference today made absolutely no mention of the issue on
the news tonight.)
Australian MAI links: http://www.gwb.com.au/mai.html
One Nation home page: http://www.gwb.com.au/onenation
PRESS RELEASE FOLLOWING THE PRESS CONFERENCE HELD IN IPSWICH, QUEENSLAND:
Ladies and gentlemen of the press,
Today's press conference is more than just a matter of news, it is a very
serious matter of national interest and it is only through yourselves that
Australians can be effectively informed of the treacherous nature of their
government's intentions to sign away the future of Australia by selling us
The Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) is the brainchild of the OECD
and is an attack on everything Australian. In fact it poses the same threat
to many countries and various groups around the world are conducting their
own fight just as we must.
Currently, the government is negotiating the treaty in secret and it is
expected to be ready for signature in April or May this year. Once we are
bound by this agreement its terms will trap us for 20 years with no facility
The purpose of this agreement is to transfer power and control away from
citizens and their democratically elected representatives to the world's
largest multinationals with no strings attached.
The effect of this agreement as they are known to us at present include:
Australian governments, whether federal, state or local, will not be able to
favour local business over foreigners.
Any performance requirements for multinationals, such as creating jobs for
Australians, using local components, or loyalty to Australia, will not be
Australia will not be able to stop multinationals from importing foreign
workers and their families into our country.
Multinationals will be able to sue all three levels of Australian government
for any infringements of the rights given to them by the agreement - it will
be the Australian taxpayers who will pay the legal costs and damages
It is important to understand this is not about trade, it is all about power
This is the multinationals shifting production and workforces without
impediment from country to country to minimise costs and maximise profits.
Giving them unrestricted rights and freedom to buy, sell and move their
operations whenever and wherever they want around the world.
The agreement is designed to impose tight restrictions on what National
governments can do in regulating their own economies.
We will no longer be able to attach conditions to, or limit the extent of
foreign investment and many of our decisions will be made by international
It will be impossible for Australians to run our country for our own
interests. Our government will in many respects be reduced to simple
managers and caretakers for foreigners.
In the words of Renato Ruggerio, Director General of the World Trade
Organisation, "We are writing the constitution of a single Global Economy."
The negotiation of the agreement commenced under Labor in 1995, and has
continued under the current Coalition government - Liberal, National and
Labor must shoulder the responsibility and wear the blame.
While it has been reported Australian negotiators have submitted 29
reservations to the agreement, we have no idea what those reservations are
and it must be acknowledged that Canada has asked for 48 exemptions.
The secret negotiations must stop and the government must come clean
immediately. In particular the government must disclose forthwith the 29
areas they have already raised as issues.
Australians must be given details of this agreement.
They must issue a draft of the agreement to any interested community groups
for full and frank public scrutiny as well as opening up the issue for
It will effect everyone from workers to owners of Australian businesses,
their families, their futures, everything.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, I believe you have a professional and
patriotic responsibility to do all you can to alert Australians to the
dangers of this agreement and the need for the government to be more open
and accountable for their intended actions with relation to the MAI.
Statement issued by Pauline Hanson MP, member for Oxley.
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