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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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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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Political parties’ responses to 10 bottom lines for future trade policy

Last week, It’s Our Future asked the political parties to sign on to 10 bottom lines for New Zealand’s future trade policy. Check out their responses and our analysis here: https://itsourfuture.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/IOF-political-party-positions-Copy-edited.pdf You can read the full text of the bottom lines here on the It’s Our Future website. We will be launching a petition to share later in the...

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TPPA Bulletin #96 July 2017

July 2017 It’s Our Future TPPA Bulletin out today, available here and reproduced below.  Contains details of the  new It’s Our Future election campaign: “A Trade Policy for the People” ___________________________________________________________ Kia ora koutou, I am pleased to announce that It’s Our Future will be launching a brand-new campaign on 10 August 2017 called “A Trade Policy for the People”. This campaign will be directed towards the New Zealand political parties, asking that they sign on to the 10 bottom-lines for future trade and investment agreements that we announced in the last It’s Our Future bulletin. Our thanks again to...

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