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Time for consultation and review – Jane Kelsey

By   /  November 14, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  4 Comments

Auckland University law professor Jane Kelsey is ‘disappointed, but not surprised’ 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. The failure of the meeting to conclude the new deal – rebranded the Comprehensive […]

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Constructive Engagement With Jacinda’s Government? Or, Shouting Anti-TPP Slogans From The Side-Lines? The Left Must Choose

By   /  November 14, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

It is very easy for the traditional Left to call for grand gestures of defiance against the prevailing geopolitical realities: living with the consequences of such calls when you are in government is much harder.

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Jacinda dodges a TPPA bullet – elites search for next economic trigger to sabotage new Government

By   /  November 12, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  34 Comments

What the Right wanted more than anything was Jacinda to march off to APEC trumpeting resistance so that when it fell over, they could blame her for the impending economic slump. What these forces desperately want is to spook the market so interest rates go up which would give every NZer with a mortgage an extra couple of hundred dollars a week in mortgage repayments for Christmas.

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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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TPPA – Jacinda Ardern’s foreshore and seabed moment

By   /  November 6, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

It’s like watching a car crash in slow motion.

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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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PM urged to protect health in TPPA negotiations

By   /  November 4, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

In a letter today to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, three health organisations set out major concerns on the Trans Pacific Partnership 11. The three groups, Doctors for Healthy Trade, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, and OraTaiao: New Zealand Climate and Health Council, urged Ms Ardern to be mindful of the risks to health posed by […]

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Why the TPPA will be a test for the new Labour Māori Caucus more than it will be for Jacinda

By   /  November 2, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

So what happens if Jacinda and David get snookered into having to sign the TPPA?

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NZ Joins the Trend for Countries to Say No to ISDS

By   /  November 2, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

‘Yesterday’s announcement that the new government has heeded widespread concerns and taken investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) off the table in future trade and investment negotiations is a major step forward’, says University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey. ‘New Zealand joins a growing number of countries who have rejected the controversial process whereby foreign investors […]

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Is The Government’s TPP “Solution” Too Good To Be True?

By   /  November 2, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

The ISDS provisions of the TPP are the ones permitting foreign investors (a.k.a huge multinational corporations) to sue the New Zealand Government for imposing legislative and/or regulatory restrictions on their existing or proposed investments. Such litigation to occur not in a New Zealand courtroom, in front of a New Zealand judge, but before an international tribunal staffed and adjudicated by the sort of lawyers more usually to be found working for – you guessed it – “huge multinational corporations”.

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GUEST BLOG: Stephen Parry – It’s Our Future:  Now is the time for Labour to make good on its criticism of the TPPA

By   /  November 1, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

Over the last 6 years tens of thousands of New Zealanders have hit the streets in opposition to the TPPA.  Hundreds of thousands have signed petitions, and polling has consistently shown that the public were against the agreement. 

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What Jacinda Ardern is really doing with the TPPA

By   /  November 1, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

…I think that keeping their heads down and allowing the TPPA to implode all on its own to escape an open confrontation with the elite rich of NZ is a smarter move for a new Government than declaring war on the neoliberal establishment on day one. 

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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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