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Launch of JusTrade.nz heralds a new campaign for a 21st century trade agenda

By   /  January 10, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

‘The message from the hui was very clear: we need to generate real alternatives that confront climate change and disruption, while supporting sustainable local businesses and jobs that pay a living wage, in a nation founded on te Tiriti o Waitangi.’

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Labour-New Zealand First government should be ashamed of hollow TPPA promises

By   /  January 7, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

The Labour-New Zealand First government will be hoping that New Zealanders have got short memories as it celebrates the entry into force of the rebranded Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, minus the United States.

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GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Prof. Kelsey’s New year Message

By   /  January 4, 2019  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

I wasn’t going to write today but last night I received a press release from Prof Jane Kelsey about the fact that the TPPA- minus America ( and now called the CPTPP) went into force yesterday.

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Rethinking the trade and investment agenda in turbulent times ‘What an Alternative and Progressive Trade Strategy Should Look Like’,

By   /  October 20, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

These days I feel depressed, cautiously optimistic, and frustrated at the same time.

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Converting resistance to TPPA into a new agenda for change

By   /  October 3, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

Last week I was in New York at a conference on Rethinking International Investment Governance – the investor-state dispute system (ISDS) that lets transnational corporations enforce special rights through secretive, offshore, pro-investor tribunals. 

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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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