03 TO CHOGM - CALL 2 ACTION
People before profit!
Shutdown the CBF!
Call to action issued by the O3 To CHOGM Alliance.
We encourage any anti-corporate activists, trade
unions, environment groups, campaign coalitions, political parties,
community groups, student unions and all progressive organizations
or individuals to endorse this call by adding their name.
1. The Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF) is a
$2000-a-head gathering of the richest businesses in the Commonwealth
and, like the World Economic Forum, is committed to promoting
It "works with the World Trade Organisation towards
the removal of barriers to trade and fair access to markets and
The CBF is an arm of the Commonwealth Heads of
Government Meeting (CHOGM) which is meeting in Brisbane on October
2. The stated objective of this years' CBF is
to relaunch a new round of trade negotiations at the Qatar summit
of the World Trade Organisation in November.
A new WTO round would be disastrous for workers,
the poor and the environment everywhere, in particular in the
The General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
will be a key part of any new trade agreement. GATS is about opening
the 'service sector' - including health, education and the environment
- to deregulation and privatisation.
3. The failure of the US and others to launch
a new round of trade negotiations at Seattle is the most significant
concrete victory for the movement against capitalist globalisation.
That is why we are calling for activists, unionists,
students and environmentalists to unite to defend this victory
by taking action against the CBF in Melbourne and at CHOGM in
4. We support the call from Jubilee 2000 for the
unconditional cancellation of all Third World debt. CHOGM and
the CBF are dominated by rich Western countries like Australia,
Britain, Canada, all of which force poorer member states to meet
millions of dollars in repayments every year.
5. We support the call of the prominent anti-capitalist
campaigner, Walden Bello, to boycott the Qatar meeting of the
6. Privatisation, cuts to spending on health and
education, union-bashing, deregulation, shifting the tax burden
to the poor, is a key part of the Howard agenda in Australia.
Beazley Labor also embraces the corporate agenda.
Stopping the CBF is crucial to building opposition
to capitalist policies in Australia as well as around the world.
7. We support the call by the O3 To CHOGM Alliance
for a mass, non-violent blockade of the CBF with the aim of preventing
the forum from going ahead. Blockading the forum will, like the
successful disruption of the WEF at Crown Casino, send the clearest
possible message that we do not accept the legitimacy of the corporate
elite's agenda of globalising poverty and exploitation at the
expense of the majority.
We intend that this action of mass civil disobedience
will strengthen the will, courage and determination of all those
around the world who are struggling for global justice.
The whole world will be watching.
8. This union /community group /organisation agrees
with the above call to action and resolves to support the mass
non-violent blockade and protest action at the CBF beginning on
October 3 at the Hilton on the Park.
9. We demand: - Boycott the new WTO trade round!
- Cancel Third World debt! - Stop GATS! - Stop the CBF!