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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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Building an “Active Democracy” through “Constructive Engagement”. Chris Trotter responds to John Minto.

By   /  November 21, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

In spite of the fact that barely thirty days have passed since Winston Peters anointed Jacinda Ardern as New Zealand’s first progressive prime minister in nine years, John is ready to call the Left onto the streets in protest at her government’s refusal to walk away from the CPTPP.

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GUEST BLOG: Damon Rusden – The kinda-new TPPA: We should have cautious optimism

By   /  November 20, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

If New Zealand is going to actively push this, then let’s hope the zombified agreement is one that benefits New Zealand and the people of the countries involved, and is not a Frankenstein-monster Labour regrets. I have hope that it will be, but the devil is in the detail.”

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Why would any self-respecting New Zealander oppose the TPPA when National was in government and then excuse Labour for signing up to it?

By   /  November 20, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

Labour says it has negotiated a softening of some of the most odious of the TPPA’s provisions, but this doesn’t pass the sniff test. The ISDS (Investor State Dispute Settlement) process remains intact. All that has been negotiated is a small reduction in the circumstances where it can be used.

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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  /  26 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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