TPPA progress harder from now on – Jan Rivers

Opinion – Jan Rivers With the failure of the Maui TPPA round to make a deal the next round of TPPA negotiations is going to be much more difficult for the government domestically as well as internationally . Despite the secrecy of the last seven years of negotiations media coverage in the … TPPA progress harder from now on By Jan Rivers of Public Good Aotearoa New Zealand With the failure of the Maui TPPA round to make a deal the next round of TPPA negotiations is going to be much more difficult for the government domestically as well as internationally. Despite the secrecy of the last seven years of negotiations media coverage in the last few weeks has laid bare to the NZ public some of the weaknesses of the government’s position. Four downsides have become apparent. 1. The government has made it clear that it has left itself with few tools to prevent unlimited overseas sales of NZ homes through the TPPA and S. Korea agreements and now applying to China. (John Key’s claim that it was Labour’s fault is entirely specious – akin to saying “you gave me a knife and it’s your fault I cut off my own leg”.) 2. The promises, over many years, that Pharmac would be untouched by the TPPA have proven to be false. The current proposals on protections for biologic...

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