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The broad definition of GCSB security

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

The broad definition of security is long-standing, introduced around the same time as the SIS botched break in of Aziz Choudry’s house in Christchurch at the time of an APEC meeting there.

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The TPPA is now a 2017 election issue

By   /  May 22, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

Ground control to Major Tom? Your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong. Can you hear me, Major Tom? Can you hear me, Major Tom?

Apologies to the late lamented David Bowie. But the bullshit from the National government on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) since the Trump administration formally pulled out in January is really off the planet (apologies, I don’t usually swear in blogs, but I couldn’t find a suitable acronym).

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Nowhere for Labour to hide on TPPA in election year

By   /  May 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Raw News feed  /  38 Comments

As Prime Minister Bill English heads off to Japan with trade minister Todd McClay in their quest to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) minus the USA, ‘the silence from Labour is deafening’, Auckland University law professor Jane Kelsey observes. ‘In an election year, they had hoped the TPPA was dead and buried. Now there is nowhere for them to hide.’

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NO GANG OF FIVE, JUST LET THE TPPA DIE!

By   /  May 7, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Just let it die. Let the TPPA die. Not a dignified death, because it doesn’t deserve that. But at least let the corpse be buried in some deep hole, wrapped in the American flag, without the threat of being disinterred and shrouded in some surrogate garb.

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EXCLUSIVE: One year on from TPPA mass protests – how we can shape trade for the 99% not the 1%

By   /  February 5, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

The governments and corporate lobbies that champion these deals are in a state of denial and desperately trying to rescue their bankrupt model. This year we begin work with others internationally to set a new agenda for international economic agreements that really work for people as part of a new economic paradigm.

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Trump did NOT kill TPPA – WE the people did!

By   /  January 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

Blaming TPPAs collapse on a xenophobic megalomaniac allows the media to continue to ignore the real dynamics behind Trump’s victory, Brexit, the rejection of TTIP and resistance to CETA in the EU. The model is broken.

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Bill English’s Plan B for TPPA a political ‘own goal’ in election year – Professor Jane Kelsey

By   /  January 24, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Raw News feed  /  11 Comments

The idea from Prime Minister Bill English that New Zealand and other countries might proceed with Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement without the US is quite bizarre – especially in an election year’, says Professor Jane Kelsey from the University of Auckland. ‘Donald Trump would be delighted! US corporations would get the benefit of all the controversial […]

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2016 – the year we beat TPPA and neoliberal globalism

By   /  December 15, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

The failure of the TPPA was just one of many signs that this limb of the neoliberal paradigm is in crisis. 2016 saw the paralysis of the US-EU negotiation known as TTIP, well before Trump’s election. The Belgian regional parliament of Wallonia vetoed the ratification of the lesser-known Canada-EU deal (CETA), setting conditions for their approval, leading European activists to embrace the slogan: ‘we are all Wallonians’.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jane Kelsey – What Trump means to the TPPA

By   /  November 15, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

We will have a better idea next week when the political leaders of the TPPA countries meet on the side of the APEC leaders’ summit in Peru, one of Obama’s last appearances as president on the global stage. There will be lots of brave rhetoric, so we will have to decipher the noise from behind the scenes.

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John Key & National ram through TPPA minus any real scrutiny

By   /  November 3, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  34 Comments

In a few hours the Key government will take the next step to railroad through the legislation to implement the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). There were relatively few submissions, reflecting people’s disgust with how the hearings on the agreement itself were conducted.

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TiSA called ‘worse than the TPPA’; McClay retreats down secrecy rabbit hole – Professor Jane Kelsey

By   /  October 12, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

While attention focuses on the fate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) many of its key elements have been flipped across to the equally secretive negotiations in Geneva for the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). Some parts of TiSA go even further, according to University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey. Trade Ministers from the […]

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The Corporate Plutocracy and Mega Oligopolies are still plotting TPPA

By   /  September 28, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

Politically, the champions of neoliberal globalisation are under siege, not always in ways we would welcome. This is evident in the US presidential contest, the vote for Brexit and the re-election of Jeremy Corban as Labour leader, but also in the rise of racism and fascism in other parts of Europe, including in the imminent Austrian re-election, and the support for Donald Trump.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jane Kelsey – Why you must rally against the TPPA this Saturday

By   /  September 8, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

Rallies for Democracy that will be held around this country on Saturday 10th September, which link the TPPA to climate action, te Tiriti o Waitangi, social justice and workers’ rights, are the latest manifestation of that disquiet.

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EXCLUSIVE: The NZ Labour Party can no longer avoid the elephant in the room

By   /  July 7, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  53 Comments

The era of neoliberal globalisation is ending. People – who are also voters – have had enough of governments that work for the rich. Precarious jobs, stagnant incomes, unaffordable housing, massive household debt, stripped out safety nets, elected governments that are arrogant and unaccountable, opposition parties who are captives of their past or too cowed by fears of a collapse in business confidence to embrace demands for real change.

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Brexit result shows democratic rejection of neoliberalism

By   /  July 2, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

Brexit has shone daylight on a crisis that’s been brewing for several decades. The utopian proclamation by Francis Fukuyama about the ‘end of history’, in the heyday of globalisation, has succumbed to the reality that paradigms come and go.

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EXCLUSIVE: China trying to force their version of TPPA on us now!

By   /  June 13, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  49 Comments

If you were breathing a sigh of relief that the TPPA may fall to the vagaries of US politics – perhaps the only good thing to come out of either a Clinton or Trump win, if they actually do as they say – I have bad news.

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