Tag: Defence Industry

Gordon Campbell on the Defence Force’s spending bonanza

Column – Gordon Campbell It has been a fairly typical week for this government mental health services in Christchurch slashed , further massive cuts to DHB funding , and the abdication of its responsibility for social housing . Gordon Campbell on the Defence Force’s spending bonanza It has been a fairly typical week for this government… mental health services in Christchurch slashed, further massive cuts to DHB funding, and the abdication of its responsibility for social housing. Incredibly, the editorial writers at the New Zealand Herald have suggested that the latest health system cutbacks are ‘brave’ politics. Hmmm… ‘brave’ isn’t the first adjective that comes to mind. Callous, heartless, stupid, and shortsighted all seem more appropriate, given an ageing population and the levels of unmet need in the health system. Just a small definitional point: ‘brave’ used to be a term for those risking harm to themselves to prevent harm to vulnerable people. Now it’s a term for ‘daring’ to inflict harm on vulnerable people. Simultaneously, a government that’s willing to slash the health system is planning to spend $11 billion dollars in the next ten years on new gear for our Defence Forces. That’s not a misprint. The scale of the Defence spend-up over the next decade is truly stupendous. As yet, it simply has not sunk in with the general public just how much they stand to...

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Economic Wellbeing for Northland, not the Arms Industry

Press Release – Coalition for Peace Northland doesnt need local companies tendering for contracts overseas in the arms industry and similar dodgy industries, said Whangareis Coalition for Peace spokesperson Tim Howard. This is not the sort of economic development people want …“Economic Wellbeing for Northland, not the Arms Industry” 18 October 2015 “Northland doesn’t need local companies tendering for contracts overseas in the arms industry and similar dodgy industries,” said Whangarei’s Coalition for Peace spokesperson Tim Howard. “This is not the sort of economic development people want in Northland, and Northland Inc needs to review its decision to promote the arms industry.” Coalition for Peace, Whangarei, will be picketing the seminar at Kingsgate Hotel, Riverside, from 8.30am this Monday (19th) morning. The Coalition for Peace and Justice is a coalition of local groups, initially responding to the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and to the US-led ‘war on terrorism’ after 9/11. Northland Inc is endorsing a government promotion of the so-called ‘benefits’ of the TPPA and the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), a promotional tour being carried out by NZ Trade and Enterprise (NZTE). They have invited Lockheed Martin, largest arms manufacturer in the world, to be the keynote speaker at their upcoming seminar in Whangarei. “Is the sort of ‘good business’ Northland Inc promotes typified by the arms industry? Is this the sort of business that they want local...

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United States – New Zealand Strategic Dialogue

Press Release – US Embassy Wellington United States Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Mr. Daniel Russel and New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs Secretary Mr. Brook Barrington met in Washington on May 29, 2015 to co-chair the fifth United States New Zealand …United States – New Zealand Strategic Dialogue United States Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Mr. Daniel Russel and New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs Secretary Mr. Brook Barrington met in Washington on May 29, 2015 to co-chair the fifth United States – New Zealand Strategic Dialogue. Drawing on the close partnership and excellent bilateral relations between the United States and New Zealand, the co-chairs reviewed the breadth of cooperation and exchanged views on regional and global matters of mutual concern, including maritime security, the coalition to counter ISIL, efforts to counter violent extremism globally, and matters before the United Nations Security Council. The co-chairs attended a lunch hosted by Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Ms. Catherine Novelli, where they discussed the ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement that will open markets, establish high standards for trade and investment throughout the region, and knit the countries of the region more closely together in commerce and prosperity – longstanding shared goals of the United States and New Zealand. They also discussed their mutual concern for...

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Public forum on the Trans–Pacific Partnership (TPP):

Press Release – AFTINET Secret TPP trade negotiations between Australia, the US, Japan and nine other Pacific Rim countries are continuing into late May. Recent leaked documents confirm proposals which could result in higher medicine prices, more internet copyright restrictions …Public forum on the Trans–Pacific Partnership (TPP): When: Thursday, April 16, 12.30 – 2 PM, Where: Jubilee Room, NSW Parliament House Macquarie Street Sydney Secret TPP trade negotiations between Australia, the US, Japan and nine other Pacific Rim countries are continuing into late May. Recent leaked documents confirm proposals which could result in higher medicine prices, more internet copyright restrictions, less ability to regulate imported food and special rights for foreign companies to sue governments over changes in our laws and policies, including State government health, environment and other policies. A Senate Inquiry is investigating the secrecy of the TPP and other trade agreement processes Speakers : Dr Patricia Ranald, Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network: The TPP: secrecy, democracy and investor rights to sue governments Jon Edwards, Doctors without Borders (MSF) on the TPP and medicines Professor Kimberlee Weatherall, University of Sydney: TPP copyright proposals and the internet Sarah Agar, Choice consumer organisation: The TPP and food labelling ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference – 17 November 2014

Article – The Scoop Team The Prime Minister met with reporters today to discuss: The governmental, independent and other departmental inquiries into the Philip Smith incident Roger Suttons resignation as Chief Executive of CERA owing to sexual harassment The APEC East … PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference – 17 November 2014 Scoop Audio+Video by The Scoop Team The Prime Minister met with reporters today to discuss: • The governmental, independent and other departmental inquiries into the Philip Smith incident • Roger Sutton’s resignation as Chief Executive of CERA owing to sexual harassment • The APEC East Asia summit and the G20 • New Zealand’s Free Trade Agreement with South Korea • TPP talks and the dairy industry • Upcoming legislation around passport cancellation • Concerns about the global economic outlook raised at the G20 • Representatives of the air forces of Five Eyes nations currently in New Zealand • The role of SAS troops in Iraq • The CAA investigation into Gerry Brownlee ******* Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in either MP3 format or in OGG format. <!– ******* [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHI1vCe5E7U&w=420&h=315] –> ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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