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TPPA-11 Don’t Do It! Petition

By   /  February 21, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  15 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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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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Best and worst case scenarios for Labour’s ‘inclusive and progressive’ trade agenda

By   /  December 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Labour’s David Parker has heralded a new era in New Zealand’s trade policy to rein in the excesses of global capitalism and make rules work for the 99% not the 1%. What would a best-case scenario for a trade policy review in 2018 look like? Before the election It’s Our Future published a set of bottom lines for a just trade policy. Post-election, I have my own wish list.

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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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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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The bizarre de-registration of anti-WTO NGOs

By   /  December 2, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

Yesterday I wrote to Trade Minister David Parker asking him to intervene urgently over the sudden and bizarre de-registration of representatives of prominent NGOs who had been accredited to attend the World Trade Organization ministerial conference from 10 to 13 December in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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The latest on resisting the TPPA

By   /  November 28, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

David Parker has promised to hold consultations after the TPPA-11 has been agreed and before it is signed. That could be at very short notice and in a very short window, unless people intensify the pressure on the government to follow Canada’s lead and go back to the table.

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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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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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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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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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