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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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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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Stake Holders for the TPPA

By   /  May 25, 2017  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

It’s like a scene from a Dracula movie where the zombie comes back from the dead. The TPPA is dead but the TPPA-11, without the US, has just opened one eye. The idea of reviving the TPPA without the US, but still including all of the dangerous aspects that the US introduced into negotiations, makes no sense.

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Canadian minister exposes National’s political spin on Hanoi TPPA outcome – Jane Kelsey

By   /  May 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Prime Minister Bill English and Trade Minister Todd McClay are spinning the outcome of Sunday’s meeting of the eleven remaining countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in Hanoi for short-term electoral purposes, according to University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, who has been monitoring international coverage of the meeting. Todd McClay is reported in […]

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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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NZ setting the scene for US to demand more in TPPA – Professor Jane Kelsey

By   /  May 22, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on NZ setting the scene for US to demand more in TPPA – Professor Jane Kelsey

‘The hype leading into the meeting of ministers from the eleven remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement countries in Hanoi today assumes they can bring the US back to the fold by implementing the original deal.’ ‘The notion that a grateful US would re-engage on the existing terms is at best naïve and at worst deliberately misleading’, […]

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International Health Community Rejects TPP Revival in Open Letter to Trade Ministers meeting in Hanoi

By   /  May 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on International Health Community Rejects TPP Revival in Open Letter to Trade Ministers meeting in Hanoi

Prominent public health, advocacy and professional organisations have called on trade ministers from eleven remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership countries not to attempt to resurrect the deal at their meeting in Hanoi tomorrow. The open letter (full text below) is signed by the World Federation of Public Health Organisations and leading health organisations from most of the […]

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Let me get this straight, we are signing away our economic & political sovereignty in the TPPA to protect us from North Korea???

By   /  May 18, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  25 Comments

Bill English, you should be ashamed of yourself, stop being a bloody politician and start being a New Zealander!

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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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Trump escalates, Putin congratulates

By   /  December 27, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

With 115 characters, Donald Trump declared a return to a global nuclear arms race.

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The TPPA is dead. What next?

By   /  November 23, 2016  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  30 Comments

Citizens across each of the 12 countries in the TPPA built a strong movement against the excesses of corporate rights represented by the TPPA, as we have done twice before in defeating these proposals in the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (1998) and in the World Trade Organisation (1999 and 2003).

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International Civil Society Movements Succeed in Burying the TPP

By   /  November 16, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Washington, DC – Civil society movements across Asia, Latin America, Oceania, and North America – united internationally to fight the corporate agenda of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for more than seven years – finally succeeded in killing the controversial pact this week. On Friday, the U.S. Obama administration conceded it could not gain congressional approval […]

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