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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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