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Jane Kelsey: Key points from the MFAT ‘consultation’ on the TPPA-11 and other agreements Auckland, 5 December 2017

Status of the TPPA The old agreement will be annexed to the small new one. The book of the original TPPA was waived around to say it wasn’t secret. There are four items that need to be finalised. The most problematic is with Canada. The NZ government has no idea what Canada is doing. Parker hopes the revised deal can be signed in the first quarter of 2018. The idea is to expand the agreement, South Korea, Colombia and Thailand have expressed interest. There is a mechanism for APEC members to join and an open accession for non-APEC countries....

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Jane Kelsey: NZ joins the trend for countries to say no to ISDS, must hold firm in the TPPA

‘Yesterday’s announcement that the new government has heeded widespread concerns and taken investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) off the table in future trade and investment negotiations is a major step forward’, says University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey. ‘New Zealand joins a growing number of countries who have rejected the controversial process whereby foreign investors can enforce special protections against governments in private offshore tribunals and claim huge compensation for new regulations or even court decisions that significantly affect their commercial interests’. ‘The Prime Minister’s stronger language regarding the exclusion of ISDS from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is also...

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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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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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