Invitation to Webinar - Changes needed in post-pandemic trade policy

MEDIA ALERT                                                                     June 22, 2020

Invitation to webinar

Changes needed in post-pandemic trade policy

When: Jun 23, 2020, 02:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

The realities of the COVID-19 pandemic have forced the Australian and other governments to act in ways which expose flaws in current trade rules. These flaws include dependency on global production chains, lack of local manufacturing capacity, deregulating and opening up essential services to private foreign investment and strengthening monopolies on medicines, which delay access to cheaper versions of those medicines.

The Australian government has directed private hospitals to treat pandemic patients, assisted local firms to produce facemasks and ventilators and reintroduced screening of foreign investment to prevent predatory takeovers as prices fall.

Legal firms are already advising global companies on how to use ISDS clauses in trade agreements that could allow them to claim millions in compensation for government regulation during the pandemic which may harm their profits, as discussed in The Conversation.

Our expert panellists are Dr Deborah Gleeson, La Trobe University; Sam Cossar-Gilbert, Friends of the Earth Australia; Andrew Dettmer, National President, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union; Dr Patricia Ranald, Convenor, AFTINET

They will discuss the flaws in current trade policy and how they can be addressed in post-pandemic policies, followed by Q and A. The discussion can also inform submissions to the Parliamentary Inquiry into post-pandemic trade policy.

The webinar is free, but you need to register in advance:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zpDSLM4MQHmfB24SZtNzQA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We will live broadcast the webinar on our Facebook page if you prefer to join in that way: https://www.facebook.com/aftinet/

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1266820123661595/