Tag: Legal Issues

Last Days to Contribute to NZ Open Government Action Plan

Article – Open Source Open Society New Zealands Open Government Partnership Action Plan is open for consultation until the end of day on this Friday 26 August. If you care about transparency, accountability participation and better use of technology in the way our government is run then …Last Days to Contribute to NZ Open Government Action Plan New Zealand’s ‘Open Government Partnership’ Action Plan is open for consultation until the end of day on this Friday 26 August. If you care about transparency, accountability participation and better use of technology in the way our government is run then you should make a submission here. If you are in Wellington there is also a final full day co-creation workshop on this Friday where you can get involved at a deeper level. See the Press release published on Scoop yesterday here for further details. Our position as a leader in this space is at threat New Zealand has had very good fiscal and government accountability and transparency reputation, however recent developments such as the Panama Papers and increasingly poor public consultation processes are threatening this reputation. As Susanne Snively, chair of Transparency International New Zealand said at yesterday’s Open Source Open Society Conference in Wellington, our position as a leader in this space is slipping due to complacency and lack of ambition to look towards transparency and accountability in a modern...

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Gordon Campbell on tobacco politics, and the TPP death watch

Column – Gordon Campbell Has Act leader David Seymour got the easiest job in the world, or what? Roll out of bed, turn on the radio and hmmthere do seem to be a lot of problems out there in the world. Must think of something. And so it came to pass that this morning , … Gordon Campbell on tobacco politicking, and the TPP death watch Has Act leader David Seymour got the easiest job in the world, or what? Roll out of bed, turn on the radio and hmm…there do seem to be a lot of problems out there in the world. Must think of something. And so it came to pass that this morning, David Seymour took up his sword and shield to fight for a world that’s about to be denied the rich and vibrant beauty of tobacco advertising. Avast ye hordes of faceless bureaucrats aiming to put tobacco products in plain packets! David Seymour is in the House! Plain packaging may save lives, but does it have to be such a dull way of saving lives? Is there no other hero prepared to fight for Philip Morris, and for the God-given right of Benson and Hedges to peddle their deadly wares in luscious golden packaging? Do we want to live in a world without Marlboro Man billboards? There is a principle at stake here. And...

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March Against Monsanto

Press Release – TPP Action Waikato March Against Monsanto (MAM)is a global form of action aimed at informing the public, calling into question the long term health risks of genetically modified foods and Roundup ready crops.Today Waikato people rally, at the Bunnings intersection Te Rapa …21 May March Against Monsanto (MAM)is a global form of action aimed at informing the public, calling into question the long term health risks of genetically modified foods and Roundup ready crops.Today Waikato people rally, at the Bunnings intersection Te Rapa 11am to show our distaste for Monsanto, the agribusiness giant. Historically they produced DDT and the infamous Agent Orange as did the other major GMO crop mother/ daughter companies (Bayer is in talks to buy Monsanto now).They including DuPont, Bayer, Dow, and BASF have contributed millions of dollars into the American Congress to see their vision of food control implemented in TPPa, TTIP and TISA. In TPPa negotiations our government did not consider our sovereignty by reserving the right to legislate in the public interest (as Australia did), GMO labelling will go from it’s voluntary position to none to fit in with the accord.Organic New Zealand says 83% of New Zealanders are in favour of GM labelling. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in their brand name Roundup and garden product names like Tui, Yates, and MacGregor. One of MAM’s goals is to see...

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Govt Continues to Treat NZ Public with Contempt Over TPP

Press Release – New Zealand First Party The Government wants to railroad the TPP trade deal process and is treating the New Zealand public with contempt, says New Zealand First.Fletcher Tabuteau MP Spokesperson for Trade 8 APRIL 2016 Government Continues to Treat NZ Public with Contempt Over TPP The Government wants to railroad the TPP trade deal process and is treating the New Zealand public with contempt, says New Zealand First. “Cutting down the time frame for MPs to consider hundreds of TPP public submissions in order to ensure a predetermined timeframe for ratification from four weeks to just five days is a slap in the face of democracy and shows they are not interested in what the public thinks,” says New Zealand First Spokesperson for Trade Fletcher Tabuteau. “The government is just going through the motions and what makes things worse is that the draft report will be written before the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Selection Committee finishes hearing all the submissions. “The outcome is clearly predetermined. “When members of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Selection Committee were told on Thursday that the government wanted to cut the time frame, New Zealand First immediately put forward a motion that the trade deal itself must be debated in Parliament. “This was supported by Labour and the Greens but rejected by the government. “That showed the government has...

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TPP labour outcomes best gains in any FTA

Press Release – New Zealand Government The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement outcomes for labour matters are the most comprehensive New Zealand has ever achieved in a free trade agreement (FTA). Hon Todd McClay Minister of Trade 18 March 2016 Media Statement TPP labour outcomes best gains in any FTA The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement outcomes for labour matters are the most comprehensive New Zealand has ever achieved in a free trade agreement (FTA). The agreement will strengthen labour standards and conditions of work, and address issues such as child and forced labour. Trade Minister Todd McClay addressed almost 300 people at today’s Wellington TPP road show and says all 12 TPP countries are bound by the declarations that protect rights around; • Collective bargaining • Freedom of association • Abolition of child labour • Elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. “Under TPP, all countries must also adopt and maintain laws governing acceptable work conditions, minimum wages, and occupational safety and health,” says Mr McClay. “They must also discourage the import of goods produced by forced or compulsory labour and encourage corporate social responsibility on labour issues.” The TPP chapter on labour also establishes a Labour Council. “This will be made up of several senior government representatives. The council will consider matters relating to TPP and review decisions made by TPP parties. It is also required to...

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