Trade agreement could prevent the next SA government introducing laws citizens want

by Richard Denniss in The Advertiser
Originally published in The Advertiser on February 17, 2014

Would you support a trade agreement that prevented the Australian Government from requiring genetically modified foods to be clearly labelled? According to a recent survey by The Australia Institute, 73 per cent of South Australians would not.

How about a trade agreement that allowed Australian television stations to show fewer Australian-made TV programs? According to the same survey, 61 per cent of South Australians would not.

Despite such strong community sentiment, the Federal Trade Minister Andrew Robb is currently negotiating a deal that could make both scenarios possible. But it gets worse.

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