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Public to have their say on TPPA in three main centres

Press Release – Office of the Clerk Public to have their say on TPPA in three main centres The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee are hearing public submissions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and the four TPPA related intellectual property treaties in Christchurch, …Public to have their say on TPPA in three main centres The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee are hearing public submissions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and the four TPPA related intellectual property treaties in Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington. Christchurch When: Thursday 31 March and Friday 1 April Where: Christchurch City Council’s chambers at 53 Hereford Street. Auckland When: Thursday 7 and Friday 8 April Where: Holiday Inn, 2 Ascot Road, Mangere. Wellington When: Thursday 14, Tuesday 19, Wednesday 20, Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 April Where: Select committee meeting rooms, Parliament House Who the committee will hear from Over 330 people wanted to give their submission to the committee in person. People from other parts of New Zealand who can’t make it to these locations will be heard by teleconference from Wellington. The committee’s report When the committee has heard all public submissions and finished its consideration of the TPPA and associated treaties, it will report back to the House of Representatives. The report is expected to be presented to the House in May 2016. ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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Clowns call TPPA Roadshow a Joke

Press Release – Unfooled Hilarity kicked of at the Government’s TPPA Roadshow today at the Rendezvous Hotel in Auckland.Clowns call TPPA Roadshow a Joke Hilarity kicked of at the Government’s TPPA Roadshow today at the Rendezvous Hotel in Auckland. Laughter broke out during the presentation as a group of protesters, calling themselves ‘Unfooled’, responded to the official TPPA pitch with clown’s enthusiasm. Merriment during the information session escalated until, dressed in red noses, wigs and jesters hats, the group bounced out with security, declaring “This is a JOKE!”. “This government’s public engagement on the TPPA has been a circus parade. Even John Oliver has recognised that John Key is a gigantic clown and we came here today to show the government we’re not fooled” said spokesfool Braithwaite Musgrave Broccoli. “This roadshow is nothing but a huge joke, part of the government’s tricks and illusions about the TPPA. We had to laugh today because it’s ridiculous that such a serious deal is in the hands of those clowns” said Broccoli. Shortly after the roadshow began, members of Unfooled began to laugh at was being presented. Balloons and bubbles were blown to celebrate claims of the TPPA’s benefits. Putting on costumes, the group briefly clowned about the information session, leaving before question session. Unfooled formed recently, concerned that the state of the world “is just getting really silly”. “Our government has...

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Speech to the Auckland Chamber of Commerce

Speech – New Zealand Government Thank you Michael and the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, and Steve and Massey University, for inviting me back to this annual event.Hon Bill English Minister of Finance 25 February 2016 Speech to the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Massey University Good afternoon. Thank you Michael and the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, and Steve and Massey University, for inviting me back to this annual event. It’s a pleasure to be here again. Today I want to take you through some of our initiatives through to 2017. I can tell you there is no letup in pace this term – we’ve got a busy policy programme, and there is much to do. I also want to share with you some of our longer term thinking, particularly with ongoing reform of urban planning and the Government’s finances. Economic Outlook But first I’d like to talk about the current economic outlook. There are positive signs despite international turbulence. The last decade has been challenging for New Zealand businesses. They’ve weathered the global financial crisis, Canterbury earthquakes, interest rates higher than the rest of the developed world, and a high New Zealand dollar. Initially the response was around resilience. Businesses and households tightened their belts and became more efficient. That was also the case for the Government. Spending was constrained to turn an $18.4 billion deficit in 2011 into...

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Post Cabinet Press Conference: Australia and Auckland

Article – Robert Kelly The Prime Minister began todays press conference by saying that Christchurch and its people were in his thoughts. He said that while the quakes on the 14th on February were clearly unsettling, residents can take comfort in how well Christchurch … Post Cabinet Press Conference: Australia and Auckland Robert Kelly The Prime Minister began today’s press conference by saying that Christchurch and its people were in his thoughts. He said that while the quakes on the 14th on February were clearly unsettling, “residents can take comfort” in how well Christchurch is being rebuilt. Key answered many questions about his upcoming talks with Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull. He stated that while the New Zealand offer to take 150 refugees from Australian camps within the 750 quota still stood, Australia had not yet said yes to that. Key said that he considered it the “sensible and compassionate thing to do” but that the ball was in Australia’s court. He said it was likely discussions would take place with Turnbull about the progress in Camp Taji in Iraq. Key said it is not his intention to send the New Zealand SAS into Iraq. On Auckland Housing the Prime Minister was reluctant to discuss specifics of the debate around intensification. He stressed that the Unitary Plan was the Auckland Council’s rather than the National Party’s. Key dodged a...

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James Shaw’s Commencement Debate Speech

Speech – Green Party Ki a koutou ku hoa Premata, huri noa i te Whare, ng mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa.Commencement Debate Speech James Shaw – 9th February 2016 E te Māngai o te Whare, tēnā koe. (Mr Speaker, greetings to you.) Ki a koutou ōku hoa Pāremata, huri noa i te Whare, ngā mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa. (To all of you my Parliamentary friends, across the House, happy New Year.) Mr Speaker. Today, I want to talk about leadership and I want to start by talking about a subject that many National MPs will become very familiar with next year. I want to talk about retirement. Superannuation One of the big challenges the Government has promised they’re not going to fix is superannuation. Most of the people in this room know the numbers. In the next few decades our population will age and retire. Our tax revenues will go down because there will be fewer people working. Our healthcare costs will go up. And our superannuation commitments will double to $25 billion a year by 2028. We know that the Prime Minister is very relaxed about all of this. Nowadays he’s so relaxed I wonder if he’s got a special dispensation from the Associate Health Minister. Former Finance Minister Michael Cullen was not so relaxed. That’s why he set...

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