[Linux-aus] FTA

Daniel Stone daniel at fooishbar.org
Tue Jun 15 11:07:01 UTC 2004

On Tue, Jun 15, 2004 at 09:54:42AM +0800, Trent Lloyd wrote:
> I heard on the radio this morning the FTA has been blocked due to it
> possibly makign us incur higher costs for medicines and stuff?
> Anyone know more?

The ALP have signalled their intention to smack it down in its current
form due to its adverse effect on the PBS, and also because the
copyright extensions would cost Australia $700m/yr, according to their
bean-counters. Apparently we would end up gaining maybe $50m/yr at best,
as opposed to a couple of billion per year. This made them not
particularly well-disposed to the FTA as a whole.

Daniel Stone                                              <daniel at fooishbar.org>
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