Tag: Select Committees

Why is the US TPPA ‘Implementation Team’ Meddling in NZ?

Press Release – Professor Jane Kelsey The US Trade Representative Michael Froman has revealed his office is sending teams of officials to the other the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) countries, including New Zealand, to vet their implementation of the intellectual property chapter …20 April 2016 For immediate release Why is the US TPPA ‘Implementation Team’ Meddling in NZ? The US Trade Representative Michael Froman has revealed his office is sending teams of officials to the other the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) countries, including New Zealand, to vet their implementation of the intellectual property chapter and other parts of the agreement.[1] ‘ “Implementation” is code for the US making sure it gets what it wants, backed by its power to veto the TPPA’s entry into force if it doesn’t’, said Auckland University law professor Jane Kelsey. ‘This is an outrageous assault on the sovereign right of nations to decide their own laws without interference from other states.’ ‘The US is notorious for rewriting the script after negotiations are ‘concluded’ to secure their version of the text when other countries insist they have done what is required.[2] ‘This will come in two stages’, Professor Kelsey explained. ‘The first we are seeing now. The US says “we can’t possibly get this to the floor of Congress without these changes to what you are doing”.’ ‘If Congress votes in favour of its implementing...

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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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Gordon Campbell on (missing) US links to the Panama Papers

Column – Gordon Campbell Belatedly, US complicity in the global tax avoidance systems is now trickling out into daylight. To some, one of the suspicious aspects of the scandal to date has been how few firms and individuals from the US have featured in the document dump … Gordon Campbell on the (missing) US links to the Panama Papers, and Merle Haggard Belatedly, US complicity in the global tax avoidance systems is now trickling out into daylight. To some, one of the suspicious aspects of the scandal to date has been how few firms and individuals from the US have featured in the document dump from the Mossack Fonseca law firm. The Guardian did nothing to dispel the potential for paranoia about a Cold War agenda by making the scandal initially seem to be about Vladimir Putin and his cronies. Former British diplomat Craig Murray has come out strongly against the selective nature of the coverage to date. Calls have been made to release all of the Panama Papers documents – right now – assuming a suitable place is found to store what is said to be 2 terrabytes of data, or 11.5 million documents. (The entire Snowden trove by comparison amounted to only 60 gigabytes. Years later, we’re still getting news stories based on Snowden’s mine of information. The same will presumably apply in this case.) The Panama...

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InternetNZ presents TPP views to Select Committee

Press Release – InternetNZ InternetNZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter and Issues Advisor James Ting-Edwards appeared today before Parliaments Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee as it conducts its examination of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.InternetNZ presents TPP views to Select Committee InternetNZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter and Issues Advisor James Ting-Edwards appeared today before Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee as it conducts its examination of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. “We made four key points to the Select Committee,” says Chief Executive Jordan Carter. “First, the longer copyright term required by the Agreement is not in New Zealand’s interests. The twenty-year extension to the duration of copyright will cost the country more than the gains it might offer to a few New Zealand creators. “Second, the criminalisation of breaches of digital locks (so-called “Technological Protection Measures” or TPMs) by ordinary users of technology marks a far-reaching change. For the first time, people who open these locks just to access a movie, song, or book will risk legal liability – even if they have the right to view the underlying content. These legal risks threaten innovation and inhibit competition. To make this system work, New Zealand will have to make extensive and clever use of the allowed exceptions – and will have to update those exceptions regularly. “Third, the negatives in the Agreement mentioned above can be balanced...

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Select committee begins examination of TPPA

Press Release – Office of the Clerk The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee at Parliament has started its examination of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The committee began by hearing from David Walker, Chief Negotiator of the agreement at its meeting on Thursday 11 …Select committee begins examination of TPPA The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee at Parliament has started its examination of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The committee began by hearing from David Walker, Chief Negotiator of the agreement at its meeting on Thursday 11 February. The committee’s process for considering the TPPA The TPPA came to Parliament when the agreement and four related intellectual property treaties were tabled in the House and referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee on 9 February 2016. Listen to the Chair of that committee, Mark Mitchell, talk about the committee’s process. In examining the TPPA the committee will hear from departmental officials involved with the TPPA. Those hearings will be open to the public. Read more about Parliament’s involvement with international treaties. Have your say at Parliament on the TPPA The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee is now calling for public submissions on the TPPA and the four related intellectual property treaties. Each treaty has a national interest analysis which sets out the advantages and disadvantages for New Zealand of becoming a party to it....

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