Month: September 2017

RNZ: TPP deal hinges on coalition decision

“The National Party has enthusiastically driven the controversial TPP agreement, but New Zealand First, Labour and the Green Party have all expressed doubts about it. The United States withdrew from the TPP earlier this year, but the remaining 11 countries are striving to keep the contentious deal alive, with New Zealand one of the keenest. But coalition talks could throw a spanner in the works. While National is right behind the so-called TPP-11, New Zealand First holds the balance of power and has been critical of the deal.”...

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Election edition of It’s Our Future Bulletin

A vote for National is a vote for the TPPA-11 Kia ora koutou katoa, This will be a short Bulletin as you are all, no doubt, up to your eyeballs in political spin and campaign rhetoric. The general election Saturday is the big political issue on everybody’s mind in Aotearoa.  If you have not already enrolled to vote, you can do so at polling places up until this Friday.  You can cast your vote at the same time you enroll. It’s Our Future made 10 demands of the political parties in the lead up to the general election.  We then rated...

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Workers call on Governments to Defend the Public Interest and Reject RCEP

We are trade union and civil society representatives from seven Asian countries who came together to discuss the impacts on labour rights and quality public services of the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) between 16 Asian nations. RCEP proposes to open markets and deregulate substantial sectors of the economies involved, including trade in goods and services, foreign investment, electronic commerce as well as strengthen intellectual property rights. After two days of deliberations, we concluded that several proposals on the table have the potential to negatively impact decent work, labour rights, access to essential services such as water, electricity...

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Jane Kelsey: Labour and the TPPA – not bloody minded enough!

It is now certain that any decisions on the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) minus the US will take place after the election. Last week’s meeting of the negotiators from the remaining 11 TPPA countries rebuffed the National government’s wish to proceed with the agreement basically unchanged aside from new provisions for its entry into force. They have all agreed to suspend (but not remove) some of the most controversial intellectual property provisions that hiked the price of medicines. Other countries want parts of the actual text and countries’ schedules reopened. Each country has to come back...

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TPPA-11 Negotiations Headed for Constitutional Collision — Professor Jane Kelsey

Events in Sydney this week mean the New Zealand government is now facing a renegotiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) text on the eve of an election. ‘It is simply unacceptable that a caretaker National party would continue to make decisions in secret on such a sensitive matter in the midst of an election campaign’ says Auckland University law professor Jane Kelsey. ‘Other political parties must now be consulted in the lead up to the next round of negotiations in September.  Bill English considered it appropriate to consult on a minor change in a deployment to Afghanistan, so...

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