Health Select Committee refuses to hear dissenting voices on the TPPA

The Labour Party’s health spokesperson Maryan Street revealed that National Party members on the Health Select Committee have twice refused to allow experts to brief the committee on possible effects of the TPP on New Zealand’s ability to determine its own health policies. This follows the earlier rejection of a petition led by the NZCTU for a hearing at the Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee. This is a brazen of double standards : last month Joseph Damond, senior vice-president of the Washington-based Biotechnology Industry Organisation, was granted an audience with Trade Minister Tim Groser and New Zealand’s TPP negotiators.