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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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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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A reminder to Labour about the TPPA

By   /  October 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Next Monday officials from the eleven remaining TPPA parties will reconvene in Japan. They will continue working through a list of 50 items that different countries want to put on ice unless and until the US re-joins. Relatively few of those items have been settled.

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New Government’s TPPA Problems Start Next Week

By   /  October 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Raw News feed  /  8 Comments

‘The new government of Labour, New Zealand First and the Greens will have to move fast if they are going to influence the outcomes of trade and investment agreements being negotiated under the National government’s mandate, and which they all, in various ways, have opposed’, says Auckland University law professor Jane Kelsey. There are at […]

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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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Labour and the TPPA – not bloody minded enough!

By   /  September 5, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

It is now certain that any decisions on the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) minus the US will take place after the election. Last week’s meeting of the negotiators from the remaining 11 TPPA countries rebuffed the National government’s wish to proceed with the agreement basically unchanged aside from new provisions for its entry into force.

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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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The broad definition of GCSB security

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

The broad definition of security is long-standing, introduced around the same time as the SIS botched break in of Aziz Choudry’s house in Christchurch at the time of an APEC meeting there.

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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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Nowhere for Labour to hide on TPPA in election year

By   /  May 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Raw News feed  /  38 Comments

As Prime Minister Bill English heads off to Japan with trade minister Todd McClay in their quest to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) minus the USA, ‘the silence from Labour is deafening’, Auckland University law professor Jane Kelsey observes. ‘In an election year, they had hoped the TPPA was dead and buried. Now there is nowhere for them to hide.’

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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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