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If Labour wants to ‘tame globalised capital’ why is it supporting investment rules in WTO?

By   /  December 12, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Last week Trade Minister David Parker said “it’s not fair that we subjugate ourselves to the interests of the one per cent” and promised to tame the “excesses of globalised capital”.

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URGENT ATTENTION ALL ANTI-TPPA ACTIVISTS

By   /  December 4, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

We discovered less than a week ago that MFAT is hosting ‘consultations’ around the country, with David Parker, this week on the TPPA-11. It appeared to be a last-minute decision to do something before Xmas, and somehow they forgot to send invitations to critics who have attended previous ‘consultations’. Presumably the business sector was given priority notice. There is no information on the MFAT website, but we know at least about these:

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The bizarre de-registration of anti-WTO NGOs

By   /  December 2, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

Yesterday I wrote to Trade Minister David Parker asking him to intervene urgently over the sudden and bizarre de-registration of representatives of prominent NGOs who had been accredited to attend the World Trade Organization ministerial conference from 10 to 13 December in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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The latest on resisting the TPPA

By   /  November 28, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

David Parker has promised to hold consultations after the TPPA-11 has been agreed and before it is signed. That could be at very short notice and in a very short window, unless people intensify the pressure on the government to follow Canada’s lead and go back to the table.

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Labour largely endorses National’s TPPA, but it’s not all over. What now?

By   /  November 12, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

The bad news is that the Labour government has endorsed the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, with the suspension of a limited range of items, at the ministerial and leaders’ meetings in Da Nang, Viet Nam.

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BREAKING: Help kill TPPA today by tweeting PM Trudeau

By   /  November 11, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

The Japanese PM Abe is now trying to pressure Canada to finalise the agreement whilst they are in Vietnam. Can you please help us in tweeting PM Trudeau, Canadian Trade Minister and the Canadian Foreign Minister. 

 @JustinTrudeau  @FP_Champagne @cafreeland

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Jacinda says ISDS is a dog. So let’s put it down

By   /  November 7, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

There is no doubt the new government has been working hard to achieve some protection for NZ from ISDS in the TPPA. But is asking the other parties for side-letters, similar to the one signed by Australia and NZ, saying they won’t let their investors use the TPPA’s investor-enforcement mechanism against us a solution?

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National’s TPPA is not OK. We voted for change!

By   /  November 6, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

This is the time for action. It is time to hold the new government to account through every avenue you have available.

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EXCLUSIVE: Urging people to tweet Clare Curran – Let’s not do e-commerce in the TPPA-11!

By   /  November 5, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

The TPPA is a brilliant stealth attack by the tech industry, often symbolised by the acronym GAFA (Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple). In recent years, they have massively increased their lobbying presence in the US. This year Google is the top corporate spender on lobbying in the US, dishing out US$6 million in just three months.

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Labour risks being bulldozed on TPPA-11

By   /  October 31, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Raw News feed  /  10 Comments

Labour risks being bulldozed on TPPA-11, ignoring own view that the deal lacks merit ‘There is an imminent risk that trade ministry officials and the agriculture lobby will bulldoze of the new Labour-led government into taking a position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) this week and foreclose the fundamental rethink of the agreement that […]

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A reminder to Labour about the TPPA

By   /  October 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Next Monday officials from the eleven remaining TPPA parties will reconvene in Japan. They will continue working through a list of 50 items that different countries want to put on ice unless and until the US re-joins. Relatively few of those items have been settled.

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New Government’s TPPA Problems Start Next Week

By   /  October 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Raw News feed  /  8 Comments

‘The new government of Labour, New Zealand First and the Greens will have to move fast if they are going to influence the outcomes of trade and investment agreements being negotiated under the National government’s mandate, and which they all, in various ways, have opposed’, says Auckland University law professor Jane Kelsey. There are at […]

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The TPPA and this election

By   /  September 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

The most important first step is get the government to adopt a moratorium on future negotiations until it conducts a full open review of the implications of these agreements, including the risks of investor-state disputes. But that will only happen if ‘we the people’ force them to do so.

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Labour and the TPPA – not bloody minded enough!

By   /  September 5, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

It is now certain that any decisions on the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) minus the US will take place after the election. Last week’s meeting of the negotiators from the remaining 11 TPPA countries rebuffed the National government’s wish to proceed with the agreement basically unchanged aside from new provisions for its entry into force.

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National’s TPPA-11 leaves four questions unanswered – Professor Jane Kelsey

By   /  August 22, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

The National government announced on the last day of Parliament that Cabinet has endorsed terms for a major new trade and investment deal – the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement minus the US, or TPPA-11. It said the TPPA text will remain basically unchanged, despite the US no longer participating. That begs multiple questions, says University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey.

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The Zombie TPPA: what the opposition parties say

By   /  August 15, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

The National government has got its wish – the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is off the front pages and back into the shadows of secret negotiations. Big dangers lurk in those shadows!

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