The right are attempting to counter the growing rage many NZers are now starting to feel, All Blacks included, over Key telling them that the TPPA would be debated in Parliament with the news (originally denied by the Government) that Key will sign the TPPA days before Waitangi Day and days before Parliament is even open.
The right cry that signing the TPPA and ratifying it are two completely different issues and it suggests confusion on our part as if Key religiously telling NZ that they would hear the issues never actually occurred.
It’s a desperate tactic, as desperate as initially denying the signing was even taking place. The Right have been caught off guard by the anger from Key’s own middle ground supporters.
The issue here is that Key supporters took him at his word that he would debate the issues around the TPPA, then they find out he’s signing it before Parliament even opens. Those middle voters feel he’s lied to them. They don’t mind it when he lies to unions, feminists and lefties, but THEM?!?!
Here is the step by step legislative process the Government need to undertake once Key signs it on Feb 4th.
Text and National Interest Analysis are tabled in Parliament
Text and National Interest Analysis are referred to Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Committee
Executive can ratify TPPA after the select committee reports or 15 sitting days elapse, whichever is earlier.
If legislative change is required to comply with TPPA the Executive will not normally ratify until the legislation is passed
Select committee can elect to hear submissions on TPPA
Select committee reports to Parliament
Parliament may decide to debate the select committee report
Parliament may decide to vote on the TPPA
Executive must report its response to any select committee recommendations within 90 days
Any legislative changes required to bring NZ into compliance with TPPA are introduced in a Bill
The Bill follows standard parliamentary process, normally including submissions
Executive ratifies the Agreement at a time of its choosing, normally after the Bill is passed
NZ notifies the TPPA repository (NZ) that its domestic processes are complete
TPPA comes into force when required number of parties notify completion of domestic processes”
So we can fight every step of the way through this process, and we need to demand Labour fight with the same intensity.
We can stop this madness. The fight back starts January 26th at Auckland Town Hall.