Tag: Mining

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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TPP: Anti-gas mining groups say no to investors suing govts

Press Release – AFTINET More than 70 organisations including 54 regional groups ranging from Mirboo in Victoria, to the Cassowary Coast in North Queensland, to Walgett in NSW, in traditional areas of Coalition support, have endorsed a letter to Trade Minister Andrew Robb.October 2, 2013 Rural anti-gas mining groups say no to investors suing governments for environmental regulation as Trans-Pacific trade talks resume More than 70 organisations including 54 regional groups ranging from Mirboo in Victoria, to the Cassowary Coast in North Queensland, to Walgett in NSW, in traditional areas of Coalition support, have endorsed a letter to Trade Minister Andrew Robb. They express their strong opposition to clauses in trade agreements which would enable foreign investors to sue governments for damages in international tribunals if government regulation is seen to ‘harm’ their investment. These proposals are known as investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). The Minister will meet with other Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) Ministers at the APEC meeting in Bali on October 3-4 before a TPPA Leaders’ meeting on October 7 which is expected to announce progress in the negotiations. “ISDS would reduce the ability of governments to regulate the activities of foreign companies even if these activities have a negative impact on health and the environment. This would prevent governments from responding to community concerns about Coal Seam Gas mining (CSG)”, Drew Hutton, President of Lock the Gate, said...

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TPPA a threat to the environment

Press Release – Climate Justice Taranaki “The secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations taking place now in Auckland (3-12 Dec) will have huge impacts on New Zealand from environmental protection to access to medicine, labour laws and internet regulations just to name …TPPA a threat to the environment 3rd December 2012 “The secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations taking place now in Auckland (3-12 Dec) will have huge impacts on New Zealand from environmental protection to access to medicine, labour laws and internet regulations just to name a few,” says Climate Justice Taranaki member Urs Signer. The TPPA is an international agreement which involves eleven Asian and Pacific-rim countries. Because the negotiations are being conducted in secret, what we know about the TPPA comes from leaked documents and detective work. Not even MPs know what exactly is being negotiated. The negotiations started in 2007. “One of the most significant causes for concern around the TPPA is that it would give foreign investors the right to sue the New Zealand government in private offshore tribunals for introducing laws or policies which they claim would significantly hurt their investments. This is called Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) and — if overseas examples are anything to go by — it would disproportionately affect moves to strengthen environmental protection.” “This means that New Zealand could be sued by multinationals if restrictions around deep-sea drilling...

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Q+A: Panel Discussions 4 November 2012

Press Release – TVNZ First of all, let’s start on the manufacturing side of it with this grouping we saw before. Just how tough is it out there at the moment, manufacturing and business-wise, Heather? Sunday 4th November 2012   Attached are the transcripts from today’s panel discussions.   Q+A, 9-10am Sundays on TV ONE.   Thanks to the support from NZ ON Air.   Q+A is on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/NZQandA#!/NZQandA and on Twitter, http://twitter.com/#!/NZQandA   Q+A   PANEL DISCUSSIONS   HOSTED BY GREG BOYED   GREG BOYED First of all, let’s start on the manufacturing side of it with this grouping we saw before. Just how tough is it out there at the moment, manufacturing and business-wise, Heather?   HEATHER ROY, Former ACT MP Well, I think they make some valid points, but they’re very keen to play down the increase in manufacturing and the agricultural sector, where New Zealand has always had strengths, and we’re a small country. We do have to play to our strengths. When it comes to the basic economy, the success for New Zealand is going to be in having a strong, thriving economy. In the global situation that’s tough, but I think the government could be making more gains, and one thing I’m disappointed in is there’s never any talk about tackling government expenditure because not only can we tackle the things that...

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