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TPPA – The People Prefer Accountability

Press Release – Conservative Party The Conservative Party are by no means opposed to trade agreements with other countries, but the secrecy surrounding the negotiations and the lack of disclosure of real detail with regard to the TPPA, accompanied by the fobbing off of serious questions by Government …TPPA – The People Prefer Accountability The Conservative Party are by no means opposed to trade agreements with other countries, but the secrecy surrounding the negotiations and the lack of disclosure of real detail with regard to the TPPA, accompanied by the fobbing off of serious questions by Government Ministers since agreement was met, has created wide spread concern in the populace. In November 2015, the poll conducted by Consumer Link showed 65% of New Zealanders thought the Government should make the contents of the agreement public before the negotiations were completed and the agreement signed. The current public outcry seems to indicate that little has changed. The Conservative Party agrees totally with the principle of the provision of full and clear information allowing open public debate on such important issues. There are too many questions left unanswered to be able to support the signing of this agreement without full disclosure. “We can understand the need for some confidentiality during negotiations, but now that the agreement has been reached behind closed doors, surely it is time we, the people, know what...

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Conservative Party: TPPA: Lack of Transparency is Concerning

Press Release – Conservative Party “It’s difficult to know whether the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) benefits our country, because the information and detail of what is actually proposed is being withheld from ordinary New Zealanders,” says Conservative Party …TPPA: Lack of Transparency is Concerning “It’s difficult to know whether the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) benefits our country, because the information and detail of what is actually proposed is being withheld from ordinary New Zealanders,” says Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig. This lack of transparency is concerning. “This is a continuation of what we have been seeing for some time; the government putting itself in a back room, out of the public eye, and making deals that affect us all.” “The Conservative Party is looking for a healthy democracy where our government is transparent, and leads the way by winning the support of the people before taking action.” “This has not been the case. If we look at the referendum on the anti-smacking legislation, or the sale of our state assets. In both cases the people of New Zealand clearly indicated where they wanted to go. The government blatantly ignored the people’s wishes.” “New Zealanders want certainty that international agendas are not being put ahead of our best interests,” says Mr Craig. “A simple website outlining the details and the pros and cons of the TPPA...

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