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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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Inside the Global Club of ISDS

Imagine a private, global super court that empowers corporations to bend countries to their will. Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is being used by corporations to evade the law and override the decisions of democratic governments. The cases cited in this investigation are part of a broader system that is removing the power of governments to regulate in the public interest....

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Germany says TTIP deal has failed

Radio New Zealand’s Patrick O’Meara has published an interview with Professor Jane Kelsey on the increasing uncertainty surrounding the future of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement. Germany’s economic affairs minister, Sigmar Gabriel, has commented that the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks have failed. There has not been a single chapter agreed by the parties after 14 rounds of negotiations. Auckland Law Professor, Jane Kelsey, said that the failure of the TTIP should reinforce the view that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) should also not happen. “The acknowledgement that TTIP won’t happen will reinforce domestically the view that TPPA should not...

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