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Trump says US might rejoin if the TPPA gives it more – will Labour& NZ First say ‘no’? – Jane Kelsey

Speaking to CBNC at the World Economic Forum in Davos yesterday, US President Trump reiterated his view that the original Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) was a “horrible deal”, but said “I would do TPP if we were able to make a substantially better deal”. University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey has called on the New Zealand government …

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Labour/NZF must explain how Canada secured changes to TPPA-11 when NZ said it couldn’t – Jane Kelsey

Overnight in Japan the remaining eleven governments have concluded the ‘revised’ but essentially unchanged Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA-11), now called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership. The signing is set for 8 March 2018 in Chile. University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey predicts ‘the rebranding of the TPPA won’t fool anyone, …

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NZ on the wrong side of the only outcomes from WTO ministerial meeting in Argentina – Jane Kelsey

‘The World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial conference in Buenos Aires has concluded without a formal statement. This reflects the deep divide between poorer countries who have demanded that WTO members deliver on their promises to address outstanding development issues’, Auckland University law professor Jane Kelsey reports from the meeting. ‘Richer countries, including New Zealand, sought …

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Gender ‘pinkwashing’ at the WTO bodes ill for a new progressive trade agenda – Jane Kelsey

‘“Inclusion” is the buzzword on the lips of trade ministers at this week’s World Trade Organization ministerial conference in Buenos Aires, as they seek to rescue an international regime and its peak organization from a deepening crisis of legitimacy’, reports University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey from the meeting. ‘Proposals on gender, small and …

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If Labour wants to ‘tame globalised capital’ why is it supporting investment rules in WTO? – Jane Kelsey

Last week Trade Minister David Parker said “it’s not fair that we subjugate ourselves to the interests of the one per cent” and promised to tame the “excesses of globalised capital”. ‘Today, we learned the new government has added New Zealand’s name to a proposal designed to lead to foreign investment rules in the WTO …

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David Parker asked to intervene as WTO cancels NGO registrations in bizarre lead-up to ministerial – Jane Kelsey

‘I’ve written to Trade Minister David Parker this morning asking him to intervene urgently over the sudden and bizarre de-registration of representatives of prominent NGOs who had been accredited to attend the World Trade Organization ministerial conference from 10 to 13 December in Buenos Aires, Argentina’, said Auckland university law professor Jane Kelsey. The Minister …

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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 …

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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 …

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