Author: Stephen Parry

Bill Rosenberg: Could we have a people-friendly globalisation?

Originally published in CTU Monthly Economic Bulletin No. 186 (February 2017) Summary With the Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in its death throes, it is time to think about what a good alternative – and what people-friendly globalisation – would look like. At the heart of public concerns, whether it is about the impact of these agreements on medicine prices, public health, labour rights, the environment, privacy, the power of overseas investors, migration (less so in New Zealand), food standards, or inequality, is the same debate we constantly have at a national level over different objectives and priorities. Yet the international...

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Excellent overview of PACER-plus, and a petition.

Remember when the Auckland CBD got shut down last year because we were upset about opening our economy up to overseas corporates? Right now, New Zealand and Australia are forcing the Pacific Island economies to do the same thing under a trade agreement called PACER-plus, due to be signed in June 2017. An excellent plain-language overview of the issues has been prepared by PANG, the Pacific Network on Globalisation: [https://www.change.org/p/calling-on-our-pacific-leaders-to-withdraw-from-pacer-plus] Sign the change.org petition to tell our government to stop playing the imperialist, and to encourage pacific leaders to reject PACER-plus: [https://www.change.org/p/calling-on-our-pacific-leaders-to-withdraw-from-pacer-plus]...

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Jane Kelsey: Nowhere for Labour to hide on TPPA in election year

Press release 16 May 2017 Nowhere for Labour to hide on TPPA in election year As Prime Minister Bill English heads off to Japan with trade minister Todd McClay in their quest to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) minus the USA, ‘the silence from Labour is deafening’, Auckland University law professor Jane Kelsey observes. ‘In an election year, they had hoped the TPPA was dead and buried. Now there is nowhere for them to hide.’ Earlier this week Australian Labor Party leader Bill Shorten confirmed in his budget reply speech that his party will not back the Coalition Government’s efforts...

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TPPA Bulletin #94 — April 2017

The latest It’s Our Future TPPA Bulletin is out now.  View it here or in the reproduced text below:   The Zombie TPPA is creeping back to life When the last It’s Our Future Bulletin came out in late February, the TPPA countries — minus the US, and plus China and the South Korea — were poised to meet in Chile to try and salvage the toxic agreement after the withdrawal of the US. Prior to that meeting, over 1200 IOF supporters signed on to a petition to the NZ Trade Minister Todd McClay asking him to pull our country out of...

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Professor Jane Kelsey: Ideological recklessness for NZ to push to resurrect a TPPA-minus-US

‘Ideological free trade dogma will hit new heights if New Zealand joins a rumoured plan to resurrect the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) without the US. If Trade Minister Todd McClay commits New Zealand to this path, he will guarantee that the TPPA becomes an election issue’, warned Professor Jane Kelsey from the University of Auckland. Chief negotiators from the non-US TPPA countries will meet in Canada in early May to prepare a plan for the side meeting of TPP trade minister’s during the APEC meeting in Hanoi. Recent reports quote ministers from various TPPA countries hyping up the benefits...

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