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Govt must tell NZers if the TPPA-11 is its bottom line

By   /  April 16, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

US President Donald Trump instructed his National Economic Council Director and the United States Trade Representative to look into joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement that he quit just over a year ago. This follows his earlier suggestion that he would consider doing so, provided its terms were made more beneficial to the US.

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GUEST BLOG: Edward Miller – Triggering the doomsday device: how the current CPTPP process violates Confidence and Supply, and what the Greens should do about it

By   /  March 22, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  19 Comments

The Greens now remain the only party opposed to the CPTPP. That opposition has been predominantly comprised of a series of rousing speeches in the House from MP Golriz Ghahraman. With only 8 seats in the House, the Greens have been left explaining to their voters that there’s not much else they can do to change course.

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Labour and NZ First sign up to TPPA – “is this capitalism with a human face”?

By   /  March 12, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

New Zealanders have just cause to doubt whether their own government would have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to a multi-national with deep corporate pockets to launch a lawsuit against us.

We caved in the face of French demands to release two agents convicted of sabotage and murder.

We caved to (apparent) threats from Warner Bros to  move production of The Hobbit to another country. (The threat turned out to be baseless – but it nevertheless succeeded in ‘spooking’ the public.)

We (apparently) caved to demands from a lone Saudi businessman.

And then there was this curious event in June 2013, when the Chinese government may have exerted heavy pressure on the National government over a proposed fta with Taiwan – an island-state it considers a “renegade province”;

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Capitulation in TPPA-11 raises fears of more to come – Professor Jane Kelsey

By   /  March 12, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

‘The so-called Joint Declaration on Inclusive and Progressive Trade, released by New Zealand, Canada and Chile alongside the signing of the resurrected Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA-11), comes across as a desperate attempt to put a gloss on a profoundly unprogressive deal’, says University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey. ‘They promise to make the TPPA-11 […]

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Let’s be clear – when Labour & NZ First sign the TPPA this week – it will be as cheap traitors for less than 30 pieces of silver

By   /  March 7, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  27 Comments

This deal is for those corporate interests who wish to exploit the pristine base products we produce, it is not about us protecting our future.

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GUEST BLOG: Oliver Hailes – Never again! Sign our TPPA petition to change the process

By   /  March 6, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

The concerned Kiwis who marched in the streets of Auckland against the last TPPA signing ceremony have been caught off guard by the Government’s sudden U-turn. But this week, as Trade Minister David Parker heads to Chile to sign his name, we’ll be handing over a parliamentary petition with thousands of signatures calling for a democratic overhaul of how we negotiate trade, investment and economic integration agreements.

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Open letter to Trade Minister David Parker

By   /  March 5, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  34 Comments

Thank you for your invitation to join you in Chile on 8th March, at my own expense, for the signing of the resurrected Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement that your own party in Opposition said was seriously flawed.

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TPPA-11 Don’t Do It! Petition

By   /  February 21, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

Despite the government saying that they would refuse to support ratification of the TPPA and demanding independent economic and health analyses, and promising a new inclusive approach to trade and investment agreements, the new ‘progressive’ TPPA-11 is the same as before, with a small number of provisions suspended for now.

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Why we must rally to stop this new TPPA Frankenstein

By   /  February 12, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

The TPPA rubber hits the road over the next three months. After an about-face on their opposition to the original deal, the Labour and NZ First have spun as hard as they can without even sounding convinced themselves.

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GUEST BLOG: TPPA-11 – Let’s Not Do This! Nationwide Public Meetings

By   /  February 12, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

As the government prepares to sign us up to the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, the country has been lulled into a false sense of security that came with our change in government and a rebranding of a not so comprehensive and progressive deal.

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The Liberal Agenda – Anti-TPPA Live stream, today 6.30pm

By   /  February 11, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  12 Comments

The Daily Blog will be live streaming the Auckland ‘Let’s not do this’ anti-TPPA meeting this Monday 6.30pm. The meeting will feature Dr Burcu Kilic, Professor Jane Kelsey and Laila Harre.

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Labour’s first post-Waitangi challenge: will it allow the Waitangi Tribunal to complete the TPPA inquiry?

By   /  February 7, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

There were lots of positives at Waitangi this week. There was also a lot of gloss, driven by hope (and perhaps primed by Shane Jones hospitality).  Labour promised that it will be accountable to Maori. That promise faces a major test next week, as the Crown responds in the Waitangi Tribunal’s inquiry on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

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The zombie TPPA is back!

By   /  January 25, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  60 Comments

In other words, Canada’s government showed political backbone and it succeeded. Ours caved at the first post-election meeting and rationalises that as the best they could do.

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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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BREAKING: The Daily Blog to livestream TPPA meeting 6pm tonight

By   /  December 5, 2017  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

It is almost incomprehensible that a meeting about the TPPA is being held in a tiny room like Europe House at AUT. 

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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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