Author: Sunil Williams

Aussie PM Warned: Beware the Touch of John Key

Press Release – New Zealand First Party Malcolm Turnbull may steal defeat from the jaws of victory, says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 30 JUNE 2016 Aussie PM Warned: Beware the Touch of John Key Malcolm Turnbull may steal defeat from the jaws of victory, says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters. “The Australian Prime Minister has to be worried, the polls look positive but just two days out John...

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Watch what happens when a European MP tries to find out what’s in the TTIP

Watch what happens when a European MP tries to find out what’s in the TTIP By Peter Drew – Independent Journalist The content of both the TPPA and the TTIP, the European equivalent of the TPPA, have been shrouded in incredible secrecy. Not only have the New Zealand public been battling to get to see what is in the TPPA, but so have the MPs. This is an astonishing and worrying situation. Meanwhile, the cloak and dagger situation appears to be as bad or worse in Europe with the TTIP. As shown in this footage taken by a MEP (Member of European Parliament) inside the European Parliament in Brussels, there is a quite astonishing level of secrecy and protection over the content of the TTIP. What we are talking about here with this MEP in Brussels is the viewing of some of the text of a so called trade agreement proposal, not top secret footage by the military of first contact with aliens. When a MEP has to be taken through such draconian procedures as this just to be able to lay eyes on some of the TTIP text, there have to be some very serious questions raised about what is going on and why, with both the TTIP and the TPPA. http://youtu.be/Ozj0qwnMGZ0 The TPPA and the TTIP are written by the same corporations with presumably very similar principles....

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Dr. Jane Kelsey: Blog on the Waitangi Tribunal report

BLOG ON THE WAITANGI TRIBUNAL REPORT ON THE TPPA CLAIM Dr. Jane Kelsey  The Waitangi Tribunal’s report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is a paradox. Time and again the Tribunal says it is ‘troubled’ and ‘concerned’ about aspects of the TPPA and its implications for Maori. It does not buy the Crown’s assurance that ‘nothing in the TPPA will prevent the Crown from meeting its Treaty obligations to Maori’, or that claimants’ concerns about investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) and the chilling effect on governments’ decisions are overstated. It agrees that the ‘full constitutional reach of the Treaty relationship may not be as clearly protected and preserved under the TPPA as it might be’ and the Treaty of Waitangi exception is limited in scope. Nor is there any evidence that the Crown has attempted to review the Treaty exception that’s been rolled over since the Singapore free trade agreement in 2001, despite the much higher risks in the TPPA, let alone to actively engage with Maori to learn and respond to their concerns. Yet the Tribunal holds that the Crown did not breach the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi because the Treaty exception is likely to operate in the TPPA substantially as intended and therefore can be said to offer a reasonable degree of protection to Maori interests. There are ways to make sense of this. But before...

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