Category: Bulletin

US dairy demands tight controls on Fonterra

Inside US Trade has reported they are seeking to impose tight controls on the operation of Fonterra. In a press conference Assistant US Trade Representative Barbara Weisel said they are mulling over demands by American dairy farmers to include provisions that would impose special competition rules on Fonterra. Weisel said the USTR “are continuing discussion on that issue and we have not come to any conclusion at this point, and when we do we will be having whatever appropriate conversations we need to have with those...

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No progress on New Zealand dairy access to the US

Speaking before the Leesburg round an unnamed US negotiator effectively confirmed to Inside US Trade (no link) that market access for NZ dairy products (the main reason why NZ is participating in these negotiations) was not seriously on the table until the end of the negotiations – when the trade-offs will be...

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Recaps on the Leesburg round of negotiations

The most recent round of TPPA negotiations have come and gone, with plenty of protest and no transparency. Read about the protest actionshere , here, and here. For  excellent analysis of the issues and outcomes of the Leesburg round read these releases from US watchdog Public Citizen...

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TPPA and public health lecture tour and media coverage

Over the last week Australian public health expert Dr Deborah Gleeson has given a series of  lectures on the public health risks of the TPPA in Auckland and Wellington. For those who missed out, Deborah wrote an excellent op-ed outlining the risks the TPPA poses to PHARMAC in the New Zealand Herald. It didn’t take Big Pharma long to scramble a response, with the General Manager of Medicines New Zealand — NZ’s pharmaceutical company lobby — defending the gutting of PHARMAC under the TPPA on the basis that “there is nothing to fear in having a robust discussion about the best way to deliver the best health outcomes.” How we can have “robust discussion” when the TPPA is being negotiated in...

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Health Select Committee refuses to hear dissenting voices on the TPPA

The Labour Party’s health spokesperson Maryan Street revealed that National Party members on the Health Select Committee have twice refused to allow experts to brief the committee on possible effects of the TPP on New Zealand’s ability to determine its own health policies. This follows the earlier rejection of a petition led by the NZCTU for a hearing at the Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee. This is a brazen of double standards : last month Joseph Damond, senior vice-president of the Washington-based Biotechnology Industry Organisation, was granted an audience with Trade Minister Tim Groser and New Zealand’s TPP...

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