Tag: Aquaculture

Stalled TPP chance for wider discussion

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party Failure to get the TPP agreement across the line gives New Zealanders an opportunity to put more pressure on the Government not to sign away our sovereignty, Opposition leader Andrew Little says.ANDREW LITTLE Opposition Leader 1 August 2015 MEDIA STATEMENT Stalled TPP chance for wider discussion Failure to get the TPP agreement across the line gives New Zealanders an opportunity to put more pressure on the Government not to sign away our sovereignty, Opposition leader Andrew Little says. “New Zealand land, dairy and medicines are up for grabs in these negotiations. There has to be some meaningful gains for us in this. “If we can’t restrict land or house sales to non-residential foreign buyers, or we end up paying more for life-saving drugs then we are selling ourselves down the river. “There has to be some bottom lines. New Zealand must be able to do what is in its own best interests. “There’s no doubt there’s been some tough talking from all sides, but it’s now up to the Government to stand its ground and ensure it gets the best deal for Kiwis. “It’s also time it came clean on what it has signed up to and allowed New Zealanders to become part of the next round of discussions,” says Andrew Little. ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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Groser disappointed TPP deal not reached

Press Release – New Zealand Government Trade Minister Tim Groser is disappointed that the TPP negotiations were unable to reach a conclusion today, but TPP ministers collectively pledged to meet again as soon as possible to finalise the deal.Hon Tim Groser Minister of Trade 1 August 2015 Media Statement Groser disappointed TPP deal not reached Trade Minister Tim Groser is disappointed that the TPP negotiations were unable to reach a conclusion today, but TPP ministers collectively pledged to meet again as soon as possible to finalise the deal. “Good progress was made this week, but a number of challenging issues remain, including intellectual property and market access for dairy products”, Mr Groser said. “We will continue to work toward a successful conclusion. This is about getting the best possible deal for New Zealand, not a deal at any cost.” “I am confident that we will reach an agreement that is in the best interests of New Zealand when negotiations resume.” Negotiators will continue to work on the remaining issues in the coming weeks and ministers are planning to reconvene soon to finalise the agreement. ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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Failed Trans-Pacific (TPP) talks show folly of trading

Press Release – AFTINET The failure of TPP Ministers to reach agreement in what was supposed to be the final round of negotiations vindicates the deep concerns of community groups that the TPP is secretly trading away issues like access to affordable medicines and governments … Media Release August 1, 2015 Failed Trans-Pacific (TPP) talks show folly of trading away access to medicines and giving foreign investors rights to sue governments despite community opposition “The failure of TPP Ministers to reach agreement in what was supposed to be the final round of negotiations vindicates the deep concerns of community groups that the TPP is secretly trading away issues like access to affordable medicines and governments’ right to regulate without being sued by foreign corporations. These are issues which should be decided though open democratic parliamentary processes, not secretly traded away for token access to sugar or dairy markets,” said Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network. At a media conference held at 12.30 PM Australian EST, TPP ministers announced no agreement. They claimed “significant progress” and said “intensive work” will continue, but have not set a date for another meeting. “We are pleased that governments failed to reach agreement on key sticking points about extension of monopolies and corporate rights which should not even be on the table in so–called free trade negotiations. These...

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TPPA ministerial fails – time for NZ Govt. to cut losses

Press Release – Professor Jane Kelsey The final ministerial meeting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in Maui has failed. Not opting to stay another day shows the gridlock is serious and potentially intractable, according to University of Auckland law professor …1 August 2015 TPPA ministerial fails – time for Key and Groser to cut their losses ‘The “final” ministerial meeting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in Maui has failed. Not opting to stay another day shows the gridlock is serious and potentially intractable’, according to University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey. ‘Everyone is blaming each other in Maui’, Kelsey said. ‘But the underlying reason for the gridlock is the domestic opposition in almost all the TPPA countries.’ ‘People simply don’t believe a deal that raises the price of medicines and handcuffs the right of governments to regulate is in their national interests’. ‘Despite erecting a shroud of secrecy around the negotiations, politicians know they can’t sign a final deal that they can’t sell at home.’ Professor Kelsey notes that Minister Groser’s sales job got much harder this week. After years of denial, he and the Prime Minister have now confessed that medicines will indeed cost more, that the TPPA will prevent tighter restrictions foreign investments, and that foreign investors might indeed sue New Zealand and win under the TPPA. ‘Those confessions raised the political price of...

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Labour will not support TPP if it undermines NZ sovereignty

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party The Labour Party will not support the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement unless key protections for New Zealanders are met, Opposition leader Andrew Little says. Labour supports free trade. However, we will not support a TPP agreement that …23 July 2015 MEDIA STATEMENT Labour will not support TPP if it undermines NZ sovereignty The Labour Party will not support the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement unless key protections for New Zealanders are met, Opposition leader Andrew Little says. “Labour supports free trade. However, we will not support a TPP agreement that undermines New Zealand’s sovereignty. “A meeting of the Labour Caucus this week agreed on five key principles which will be non-negotiable bottom lines to protect New Zealand’s interests when the agreement finally makes it to Parliament. “The lack of transparency around the Government’s negotiations with large foreign interests means Kiwis are in the dark about which of their sovereign rights are being gambled away by this Government in the hope of better trade conditions. “Labour is pro free trade, as evidenced by the China Free Trade Agreement we signed in 2008. But by negotiating the TPP in complete secrecy, the Government is creating a level of public unease. “We have been told that the Government expects to release the detail of the agreement after negotiations are complete. “This will be too late to...

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