HANNAH SBEGHEN and INGE HANSEN
Shirt fronting the world leaders’ was on the agenda of the Australian Taxpayers Alliance today as they protested for G20 leaders to stick to their markets.
Economists gravitated towards the centre of South Bank where the “Free the Markets” rally took a stand against trade barriers, tariffs and protectionism.
Protest organiser and former Young LNP President Ben Reily said the rally was all about celebrating free markets and offering more opportunities for Australians.
“If there is one lesson for the last one hundred years, socialism and protectionism doesn’t work,” he said.
“I don’t care what political party your from you should be implementing free markets.”
Mr Reily said it’s encouraging to hear a free trade agreement will be signed with China on Monday.
“We think it will increase consumer choice in China and will open more markets,” Mr Reily said.
“We think this, globally, is an important thing to do.”
Federal president of the Liberal Democratic Party Gabe Buckley said the rally was about pro-economic freedom which counters the interest of the G20 who like to impede economic freedom.
Mr Buckley defines free trade agreements amongst governments as not free trade but government dictation on how, when and who to sell to.
“Today we were all about opening free trades and removing barriers to people in a voluntarily and consensual way,” he said.
Mr Reily expressed frustration towards world leaders.
“We want to shirt front the world leaders for sticking to their goals, reducing trade barriers, resisting tariffs and imploding more protectionism,” Mr Reily said.