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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

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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

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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

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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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EXCLUSIVE: Waitangi Tribunal ruling on TPPA – “it was unlikely that the Tribunal in this claim would opt to talk truth to power”

By   /  May 10, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

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As I have pointed out over many years, the Waitangi Tribunal itself is an agency of the Crown as part of the judicial system. Members are appointed by the government. In this Tribunal they included three Pakeha men – a Maori land court judge, a former National Party cabinet minister, and a special counsel to a major law firm – along with a kaumatua of great mana, but who is not a lawyer, and a younger Maori woman with experience in the commercial world.

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Government try and ram through TPPA without NZers noticing

By   /  April 18, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  37 Comments

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Last week National announced it was fast tracking the report from the Foreign Affairs Trade and Defence Committee on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) from the end of May to 4 May. While the select committee process itself is a farce as it can’t change the deal, there are more sinister motivations behind the new deadline.

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Govt majority on TPPA committee shows hearings are a farce – Jane Kelsey

By   /  March 7, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

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National’s majority on the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee has refused to extend the deadline for submissions on the 30-chapter Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) past the 15 sitting days set out in the Cabinet manual, despite provision to do so if the government agrees, reports Auckland University law professor Jane Kelsey. ‘The government claims […]

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New expert paper on TPPA shows serious impacts for local government

By   /  February 27, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on New expert paper on TPPA shows serious impacts for local government

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An expert, peer reviewed, paper on the implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) for local government was released today. The paper was co-authored by former city councillor and chair of Watercare Services, Tony Holman QSO, former Member of Parliament and Auckland city councillor Richard Northey ONZM, and Professor Jane Kelsey from the University of […]

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EXCLUSIVE: An open invitation from Professor Jane Kelsey

By   /  January 23, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

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Now is the time to get out there and be visible in your opposition. WE NEED YOU THERE TO FILL THE TOWN HALL and show the government and corporate beneficiaries we don’t want a bar of their TPPA!

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BREAKING: Offshore confirmation: Ministers to sign TPPA in NZ on 4 February 2016

By   /  January 7, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

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The ministers from the twelve countries who negotiated the the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will sign it in New Zealand on 4 February, a government spokesperson from Chile has confirmed.

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EXCLUSIVE: OPEN LETTER FROM JANE KELSEY TO LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE

By   /  November 7, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  44 Comments

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TPPA Fails all 5 Labour Causes Bottom Lines – Labour Must Tell National Not to Sign the TPPA!

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BREAKING: TPPA text finally released – too little, too late!

By   /  November 6, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Raw News feed  /  10 Comments

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It is not clear whether this will also start the 90-day countdown before President Obama is allowed to sign the agreement under US law, or whether any of the other countries would sign unilaterally before the US does.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jane Kelsey – TPPA HAS NOT BEEN SIGNED. Crucial protest on 14 Nov

By   /  November 2, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

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This is no time for surrender or fatigue. Other countries are fighting to ensure the political price is too high for their governments to do so and that opposition parties make an uncompromising commitment to reject the still-secret deal.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jane Kelsey responds to Catherine Beard’s pro TPPA column

By   /  October 27, 2015  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey  /  23 Comments

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On 22 October 2015 the NZ Herald published an extraordinary piece of contorted logic by Catherine Beard, who claimed the right of foreign investors to sue nation states through investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement ‘protects New Zealand’s sovereignty’.

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EXCLUSIVE: My response to the Official Information Act win against the TPPA

By   /  October 16, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  60 Comments

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I wanted to let the dust settle before writing about Justice Collins’ decision this week that Trade Minister Tim Groser acted unlawfully when he refused to release any information relating to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to me under the Official Information Act (OIA).

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MUST READ: Sober reflections on the TPPA deal – and why we need to keep fighting

By   /  October 7, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  54 Comments

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who gave the Prime Minister and Trade Minister the right to sacrifice our rights to regulate foreign investment, to decide our own copyright laws, to set up new SOEs, and whatever else they have agreed to in this secret deal and present it to us as a fait accompli?

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Helen Clark needs to heed her own UN advisers on TPPA

By   /  October 1, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  84 Comments

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In standing beside National Prime Minister John Key and appearing to endorse the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) Helen Clark has forgotten the most vulnerable New Zealanders who will bear the brunt of the government’s concessions to US demand

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