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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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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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Is The Government’s TPP “Solution” Too Good To Be True?

By   /  November 2, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

The ISDS provisions of the TPP are the ones permitting foreign investors (a.k.a huge multinational corporations) to sue the New Zealand Government for imposing legislative and/or regulatory restrictions on their existing or proposed investments. Such litigation to occur not in a New Zealand courtroom, in front of a New Zealand judge, but before an international tribunal staffed and adjudicated by the sort of lawyers more usually to be found working for – you guessed it – “huge multinational corporations”.

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GUEST BLOG: Stephen Parry – It’s Our Future:  Now is the time for Labour to make good on its criticism of the TPPA

By   /  November 1, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

Over the last 6 years tens of thousands of New Zealanders have hit the streets in opposition to the TPPA.  Hundreds of thousands have signed petitions, and polling has consistently shown that the public were against the agreement. 

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What Jacinda Ardern is really doing with the TPPA

By   /  November 1, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

…I think that keeping their heads down and allowing the TPPA to implode all on its own to escape an open confrontation with the elite rich of NZ is a smarter move for a new Government than declaring war on the neoliberal establishment on day one. 

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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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Labour must address its own criticism of TPPA – Professor Jane Kelsey

By   /  October 24, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

‘Before the new government can decide its position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), including whether it would genuinely boost exports and provide a net benefit to the country, Labour needs to address its own criticism that there is inadequate evidence to support even the original deal’, says University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey. […]

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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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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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Stake Holders for the TPPA

By   /  May 25, 2017  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

It’s like a scene from a Dracula movie where the zombie comes back from the dead. The TPPA is dead but the TPPA-11, without the US, has just opened one eye. The idea of reviving the TPPA without the US, but still including all of the dangerous aspects that the US introduced into negotiations, makes no sense.

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Canadian minister exposes National’s political spin on Hanoi TPPA outcome – Jane Kelsey

By   /  May 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Prime Minister Bill English and Trade Minister Todd McClay are spinning the outcome of Sunday’s meeting of the eleven remaining countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in Hanoi for short-term electoral purposes, according to University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, who has been monitoring international coverage of the meeting. Todd McClay is reported in […]

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