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Parliamentary Process a rubber stamp and a joke

Press Release – Paul Bruce Lack of information on measures being negotiated in a Transpacific Trade Agreement that impact on local governments ability to make decisions such as procurement were questioned by Greater Wellington Regional Council yesterday. The Council expressed …Parliamentary Process a rubber stamp and a joke Transpacific Partnership Agreement questioned by Regional Councillors Lack of information on measures being negotiated in a Transpacific Trade Agreement that impact on local government’s ability to make decisions such as procurement were questioned by Greater Wellington Regional Council yesterday. The Council expressed its concern in a motion which also noted that New Zealand negotiators did not agree with proposed measures such as those relating to pharmaceuticals, intellectual property and environmental measures. However, Councillors Paul Bruce and Sue Kedgley voted against an additional recommendation, which endorsed the parliamentary process that is used to ratify treaties. Cr Kedgley said that a statement from MFAT did not correctly inform Councillors as to the limited ability of a Parliamentary select committee to consider a treaty. “The parliamentary process was simply a rubber stamp,” she said. “Cabinet signs treaties, not parliament. MPs will be given just 15 days to examine the complex, lengthy TPPA treaty, and they will not be able to amend it. Treaties are not normally debated in Parliament or voted on,” she said, “ so the entire process is little more than a...

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Support for TPPA Questioned by Regional Councillors

Press Release – Paul Bruce Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Paul Bruce, has placed a motion on the Council order paper for Thursday 12th December, questioning Government support for a Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).Government support for a Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) questioned by Regional Councillors Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Paul Bruce, has placed a motion on the Council order paper for Thursday 12th December, questioning Government support for a Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Councillor Bruce said that Greater Wellington’s purchasing policy shows leadership in the promotion of sustainable business practices, by  • ·        Favouring suppliers who adhere to sound environmentally practices. • ·        Specifying appropriate raw materials, finished products  and operating practices Cr Bruce said that local governments must be allowed to accept tenders from local suppliers even if they are slightly more expensive than overseas competitors as many local governments have done, or favour local suppliers if two proposals are equal as Greater Wellington Regional Council does. CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg says that a government procurement chapter of the Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) could stop future central and local governments giving an advantage to local suppliers to help economic development.  It could also prevent governments requiring suppliers to meet conditions such as paying a living wage, or health and safety initiatives being developed,  or to meet environmental standard such as those expected of suppliers to Greater Wellington Regional Council. Bill Rosenberg says that the such agreements do...

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