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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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TPPA Bulletin #95 June 2017

June 2017 It’s Our Future TPPA Bulletin out today, available here and reproduced below. Check it out for an update on where things are at with the Zombie TPPA, and what you can do to stop it. _________________________________________________________________   Kia ora koutou, welcome to another edition of the It’s Our Future TPPA Bulletin. If you don’t have the time to read through all of the Bulletin, here are the highlights: Late last month the TPPA countries, minus the US, met to discuss the revival of the TPPA without US involvement.  The New Zealand government is the loudest voice in favour...

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Bill Rosenberg: Could we have a people-friendly globalisation?

Originally published in CTU Monthly Economic Bulletin No. 186 (February 2017) Summary With the Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in its death throes, it is time to think about what a good alternative – and what people-friendly globalisation – would look like. At the heart of public concerns, whether it is about the impact of these agreements on medicine prices, public health, labour rights, the environment, privacy, the power of overseas investors, migration (less so in New Zealand), food standards, or inequality, is the same debate we constantly have at a national level over different objectives and priorities. Yet the international...

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