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TPPA Bulletin #93 – February 2017

Check out the latest edition of the It’s Our Future TPPA Bulletin. This issue provides an in-depth update on what’s been happening since the United States withdrew from the TPPA.  It also introduces a petition produced with our friends at Action Station to urge the New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay to reconsider his intention of reviving the TPPA (without the United States) at an upcoming ministerial meeting in Chile on 14-15 March...

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Jane Kelsey: One year on from TPPA mass protests – how we can shape trade for the 99% not the 1%

The article below by Professor Kelsey was originally published on the Daily Blog on 5 February 2017. ___________ The governments and corporate lobbies that champion these deals are in a state of denial and desperately trying to rescue their bankrupt model. This year we begin work with others internationally to set a new agenda for international economic agreements that really work for people as part of a new economic paradigm. A year ago today tens of thousands of Kiwis took to the streets around the country to protest the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The ground trembled...

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The TPPA is dead in the water

The TPPA is all but dead after the US election. With anti-TPPA candidate Donald Trump as President-elect, the only chance the agreement had was a vote in the “lame duck” congressional session between the election and the inauguration of the new President on 20 January 2016. Senior Democrats and Republicans have since, however, stated that this will not happen, effectively killing the agreement.    ...

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Open Letter to Trade Minister Todd McClay

The government has announced a ‘refresh’ of its trade policy. However, it looks more like a sticking plaster on the current failed policy when invasive surgery is required. Agreements like the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) become deeply concerning to many New Zealanders as they increasingly intrude into areas of sovereign decision-making. The rights of government to regulate in the public interest are being overridden. A majority of New Zealanders appose the TPPA.I It is time for a fundamental re-think of trade policy, not a refresh. This Open Letter from It’s Our Future calls on the Trade Minister to engage in...

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