Tag: Industrial Relations

Broad support for TPP from SMEs

Press Release – MYOB Boost for free trade supporters on eve of legislative debate with SMEs also favouring more trade agreementsBroad support for TPP from SMEs Boost for free trade supporters on eve of legislative debate with SMEs also favouring more trade agreements With debate on legislation to enable the Trans-Pacific partnership due to kick off in parliament tomorrow, a new survey released by accounting software developer MYOB shows a majority of businesses in New Zealand support the 12-nation trade deal. In an additional boost to the backers of free trade, 45 per cent of business operators said they favour New Zealand pursuing more free trade agreements (FTAs) with international trading partners. The latest MYOB Business Monitor research of more than 1,000 SMEs across New Zealand, conducted for MYOB by Colmar Brunton, showed that more than one third of local businesses (36 per cent) said they favoured staying in the TPP. Just a quarter of business owners said New Zealand should pull out of the deal, while 39 per cent said it would not affect their vote. MYOB New Zealand General Manager James Scollay says local SMEs clearly see that the benefits of international trade opportunities outweigh the opposition that has surrounded the TPP. “Overall, we see strong support in the survey for the Government continuing to pursue free trade agreements internationally,” says James Scollay. “At the same time,...

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iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update

Press Release – iPredict TV3s Campbell Live appears doomed, with a 77% probability it will be cancelled before 1 January 2016 , according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealands predictions market, iPredict. John Keys position as …iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update Campbell Live Doomed TV3’s Campbell Live appears doomed, with a 77% probability it will be cancelled before 1 January 2016, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. John Key’s position as leader of the National Party and his party’s chances of winning a fourth term with the support of NZ First have edged up, while Labour leader Andrew Little’s political prospects have edged down. Kevin Hague remains strongly favoured to be the next male co-leader of the Green Party. The Official Cash Rate is expected to be cut by the end of the year while the fiscal deficit in 2014/15 is now expected to be 0.28% of GDP. In the United States, Hillary Clinton has an 87% probability of being the Democratic nominee for president in 2016 and a 52% probability of being the next president. New Zealand Politics: • John Key is expected to remain National leader until at least the end of 2016 (90% probability, up from 85% last week) but has just a 37% probability of remaining...

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Foreign Control Watchdog 137 – December 2014

Press Release – Campaign Against Foreign Control Of Aotearoa TPPA Local Government Campaign: Well-Beings, War-Makers And Pirates Te Waka a Mui Rides The Storm by Greg RzesniowieckiForeign Control Watchdog 137 – December 2014 What’s That Terrible Smell? The 2014 Election by Murray Horton 2014 Roger Award Finalists Named by Murray Horton On The Road: CAFCA/ABC Speaking Tour March-July 2014 by Murray Horton Subverting Democracy: The Dirty Politics Of Media Machinations by Dennis Small News Before Profits by Bill Rosenberg Is It Time To Build A Major Leftwing Thinktank…And More? by Sue Bradford TPPA Local Government Campaign: Well-Beings, War-Makers And Pirates – Te Waka a Mäui Rides The Storm by Greg Rzesniowiecki Motorway Tolls: Aucklanders Caught Between Tarseal-Addicted Government & Weak Mayor by John Minto Kiwisaver: A Trojan Horse For Pension Privatisation In New Zealand? by Umesh Perinpanayagam 2014 CAFCA Annual General Meeting Minutes New Treasurer For Organiser Account: James Ayers Replaces Warren Brewer by Murray Horton CAFCA/ABC Organiser Account: Financial Report For Year Ended 31 March 2014 by James Ayers, Organiser Account Treasurer Reviews by Jeremy Agar and Murray Horton Dirty Politics by Nicky Hager Hot Air a film by Alister Barry and Abi King-Jones Beyond The Free Market: Rebuilding A Just Society In New Zealand edited by David Cooke, Claire Hill, Pat Baskett & Ruth Irwin Capital In The 21st Century by Thomas Piketty Don’t Spoil My Beautiful...

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PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference – 17 November 2014

Article – The Scoop Team The Prime Minister met with reporters today to discuss: The governmental, independent and other departmental inquiries into the Philip Smith incident Roger Suttons resignation as Chief Executive of CERA owing to sexual harassment The APEC East … PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference – 17 November 2014 Scoop Audio+Video by The Scoop Team The Prime Minister met with reporters today to discuss: • The governmental, independent and other departmental inquiries into the Philip Smith incident • Roger Sutton’s resignation as Chief Executive of CERA owing to sexual harassment • The APEC East Asia summit and the G20 • New Zealand’s Free Trade Agreement with South Korea • TPP talks and the dairy industry • Upcoming legislation around passport cancellation • Concerns about the global economic outlook raised at the G20 • Representatives of the air forces of Five Eyes nations currently in New Zealand • The role of SAS troops in Iraq • The CAA investigation into Gerry Brownlee ******* Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in either MP3 format or in OGG format. <!– ******* –> ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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TPP risks a weaker global trading system, says ex-WTO head

Article – BusinessDesk July 21 (BusinessDesk) – The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a step backwards to the days before the World Trade Organisation when the the US and Europe controlled the global trading system to the detriment of developing economies, says a former director-general … TPP risks a weaker global trading system, says ex-WTO head By Pattrick Smellie July 21 (BusinessDesk) – The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a step backwards to the days before the World Trade Organisation when the the US and Europe controlled the global trading system to the detriment of developing economies, says a former director-general of the WTO, Supachai Panitchpakdi of Thailand. In New Zealand for a meeting of the honorary advisers to the Asia-New Zealand Foundation, Supachai told BusinessDesk in an interview that Asian economies had more to gain by pursuing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which includes China and India but not the US, than TPP, which he described as a “US-centric” trade deal. New Zealand is one of three countries that initiated the TPP concept and has committed substantial resources to its negotiation, but it only gained momentum once the US became a member of the 12-country grouping seeking a new set of trade rules for an Asia-Pacific trade bloc. The US and Europe are also negotiating a TPP-style deal, known as TTIP (Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). “TTIP amd TTP together could...

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