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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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Post-cabinet: TPP, Family Violence and Solid Energy

Article – Megan Gattey Prime Minister John Key discussed the current situation on the TPP, Solid Energy and the upcoming discussion document on family violence in a post-cabinet press conference today.Post-cabinet: TPP, Family Violence and Solid Energy By Megan Gattey Photo: Francis Cook Prime Minister John Key discussed the current situation on the TPP, Solid Energy and the upcoming discussion document on family violence in a post-cabinet press conference today. The TPP agreement was unable to be concluded over the weekend, and Key said there were a few challenging issues still remaining. “There is a finite window where if we can’t complete the deal in that time, it becomes for difficult for the United States and others,” he said. The offer on dairy from the discussions were “not close enough for a deal to be concluded”, he said. “We want to get the best deal for New Zealand, but not at any cost.” Key said he was confident that the involved countries would reach an agreement that would be in the best interests of New Zealanders. “We won’t get rich selling to ourselves.” He said coming to an agreement would give New Zealand exporters and investors access to more than 8 million companies, and ultimately the TPP would create better opportunities and standard or living for New Zealanders. Justice Amy Adams will soon be announcing a discussion document about...

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Gordon Campbell on the PM’s TPP concessions on medicines

Column – Gordon Campbell So, on the eve of the last round of talks meant to finalise the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, Prime Minister John Key has conceded that yes New Zealand will probably have to pay more for medicines under the TPP . Gordon Campbell on the PM’s concessions about medicines and the TPP So, on the eve of the last round of talks meant to finalise the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, Prime Minister John Key has conceded that yes New Zealand will probably have to pay more for medicines under the TPP. This is exactly what TPP critics have been warning for nearly four years, while being fobbed off as alarmists for doing so. Key’s belated concession contradicts assurances given only last October by Trade Minister Tim Groser: Mr Groser said, despite the size of the prize, New Zealand’s ability to source cheap drugs through Pharmac would not be negotiated away. “Trade negotiations start out sometimes with very extreme proposals, and then they meet resistance and then you refine them and I’m quite comfortable with the way things are going in this negotiation on this. There will be no fundamental change in Pharmac’s operations as a result of the trade agreement.” Newsflash! That assurance was pure spin and bullshit. Thanks to the TPP and its illusory ‘free trade’ provisions – which will actually entrench and...

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