Category: Australia

Questions & Answers – 28 June 2016

Press Release – Office of the Clerk 1. JAMES SHAW (Co-LeaderGreen) to the Prime Minister : Does he stand by all his statements?ORAL QUESTIONS QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS Prime Minister—Statements 1. JAMES SHAW (Co-Leader—Green) to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): Yes. James Shaw: Why, then, did he tell me in April that foreign trust disclosure requirements on registration were “broad and deep”, when John Shewan described them this morning on Radio New Zealand National as “absolutely minimal and tells nobody anything”? Rt Hon JOHN KEY: Because I believe that...

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‘Brexit’ – a Window of Opportunity

Press Release – New Zealand First Party Prime Minister John Key may say, “it is in New Zealand’s interests for the UK to remain in the EU, but thatll be news to a great many New Zealanders. Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 21 JUNE 2016 ‘Brexit’ – a Window of Opportunity The Rt Hon Winston Peters is the Leader of New Zealand First and is a former New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister, Treasurer and Foreign Minister. He is also the Member of Parliament for Northland electorate. Prime Minister John Key may...

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Gordon Campbell on the RCEP trade deal and other entanglements

Article – Gordon Campbell So China and the US both have competing trade deals on offer the TPP for the US and the RCEP for the Chinese – each of which pointedly exclude the other superpower. That fact alone should signal that these deals are not primarily about mere trade … Gordon Campbell on the RCEP trade deal and other entanglements First posted at werewolf.co.nz So China and the US both have competing trade deals on offer – the TPP for the US and the RCEP for the Chinese – each of which pointedly exclude the other superpower. That fact alone should signal that these deals are not primarily about mere trade access. In their desperation to get the TPP passed, US lawmakers have been describing the contest as an apocalyptic struggle for regional dominance. As President Barack Obama claimed in a recent Washington Post op ed: America should write the rules. America should call the shots. Other countries should play by the rules that America and our partners set, and not the other way around. New Zealand is one of those US “partners” that belong to both deals and last week, the latest round of RCEP talks concluded in Auckland. So far, the Key government hasn’t provided the public with much in the way of a reasoned comparison of what benefits – and drawbacks – these two deals...

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Govt looks set to repeat TPPA mistakes with RCEP

Press Release – Green Party The Government must learn from its mistakes with the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), not repeat them with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal, the Green Party said today.16 June 2016 Govt looks set to repeat TPPA mistakes with RCEP The Government must learn from its mistakes with the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), not repeat them with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal, the Green Party said today. RCEP is a proposed trade agreement between 14 Asian countries, Australia, and New Zealand. Negotiations were held in Auckland this week....

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Questions and Answers – 15 June 2016

Press Release – Office of the Clerk 1. CHRIS BISHOP (National) to the Minister of Finance : What reports has he received on the outlook for the New Zealand economy?1. Economic Outlook—Reports [Sitting date: 15 June 2016. Volume:715;Page:2. Text is subject to correction.] 1. CHRIS BISHOP (National) to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the outlook for the New Zealand economy? Hon PAULA BENNETT (Associate Minister of Finance) on behalf of the Minister of Finance: Yesterday the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) released its consensus forecasts. NZIER reports a lift in growth expectations...

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