Tag: Economic Policy

Last Days to Contribute to NZ Open Government Action Plan

Article – Open Source Open Society New Zealands Open Government Partnership Action Plan is open for consultation until the end of day on this Friday 26 August. If you care about transparency, accountability participation and better use of technology in the way our government is run then …Last Days to Contribute to NZ Open Government Action Plan New Zealand’s ‘Open Government Partnership’ Action Plan is open for consultation until the end of day on this Friday 26 August. If you care about transparency, accountability participation and better use of technology in the way our government is run then you should make a submission here. If you are in Wellington there is also a final full day co-creation workshop on this Friday where you can get involved at a deeper level. See the Press release published on Scoop yesterday here for further details. Our position as a leader in this space is at threat New Zealand has had very good fiscal and government accountability and transparency reputation, however recent developments such as the Panama Papers and increasingly poor public consultation processes are threatening this reputation. As Susanne Snively, chair of Transparency International New Zealand said at yesterday’s Open Source Open Society Conference in Wellington, our position as a leader in this space is slipping due to complacency and lack of ambition to look towards transparency and accountability in a modern...

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Gordon Campbell on Labour’s housing policy, and TPP rewrites

Column – Gordon Campbell D riving round Dunedin South yesterday was an interesting place to be hearing the news of Labours new housing policy launch. In Corstorphine and Kew came street after street of state housing built in a previous era by an effective government … Gordon Campbell on Labour’s housing policy, and TPP rewrites Driving round Dunedin South yesterday was an interesting place to be hearing the news of Labour’s new housing policy launch. In Corstorphine and Kew came street after street of state housing built in a previous era by an effective government response to housing need,...

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Gordon Campbell on the RCEP trade deal and other entanglements

Article – Gordon Campbell So China and the US both have competing trade deals on offer the TPP for the US and the RCEP for the Chinese – each of which pointedly exclude the other superpower. That fact alone should signal that these deals are not primarily about mere trade … Gordon Campbell on the RCEP trade deal and other entanglements First posted at werewolf.co.nz So China and the US both have competing trade deals on offer – the TPP for the US and the RCEP for the Chinese – each of which pointedly exclude the other superpower. That fact alone should signal that these deals are not primarily about mere trade access. In their desperation to get the TPP passed, US lawmakers have been describing the contest as an apocalyptic struggle for regional dominance. As President Barack Obama claimed in a recent Washington Post op ed: America should write the rules. America should call the shots. Other countries should play by the rules that America and our partners set, and not the other way around. New Zealand is one of those US “partners” that belong to both deals and last week, the latest round of RCEP talks concluded in Auckland. So far, the Key government hasn’t provided the public with much in the way of a reasoned comparison of what benefits – and drawbacks – these two deals...

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Kennedy Graham: speech on the TPPA in the General Debate

Speech – Green Party Dr Kennedy Graham’s speech on the TPPA in the General Debate 12.05.16Dr Kennedy Graham’s speech on the TPPA in the General Debate 12.05.16 [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OVzwaALLQI&w=420&h=236] Transcript: Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM (Green): I rise to address the issue of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). It is just as well that I am doing so for 5 minutes in the general debate because there is no other chance for any member of Parliament to address the treaty as a treaty. Yesterday the Green Party proposed that the select committee report on the treaty, tabled 2 days ago, be subject to a parliamentary debate. The proposal was rejected. That is extraordinary because the TPP is one of the most important treaties to affect New Zealand in many years, yet the Government, unwavering in the belief that it knows best, feels no obligation to have the treaty examination by the select committee debated in Parliament. It is required under the Standing Orders to have debates, three readings, and a plenary Committee, in fact, on the implementing legislation but not on the prior policy issue of the merits of the treaty itself. There is something weird about the way we do things here in New Zealand. You would think that the policy considerations of negotiating and acceding to an international treaty would be the most important aspect of a nation’s judgment on...

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INZBC and NZIRI co-hosts public lectures focussing on TPP

Press Release – India NZ Business Council India New Zealand Business Council and The New Zealand India Research Institute co-hosted public lectures at Victoria University of Wellington on 21st April, 2016. These public lectures focused on Trans-Pacific Partnership and its impacts for both New Zealand …INZBC and NZIRI co-hosts public lectures focussing on TPP India New Zealand Business Council and The New Zealand India Research Institute co-hosted public lectures at Victoria University of Wellington on 21st April, 2016. These public lectures focused on Trans-Pacific Partnership and its impacts for both New Zealand and India. The first of these lectures was given by Dr Amitendu Palit from the National University of Singapore who was specially flown in to share his knowledge in the forum. The topic was ‘India, APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) and TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership): Navigating a Complex Landscape’. In this lecture Dr Palit described India’s trade policies in recent years to show that the “energy and robustness of India’s foreign policy has not been reflected in her trade policy”. India has been showing ambivalence with regards to APEC and more recently TPP. The TPP will certainly affect India’s export market. The RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) in which a number of TPP countries are participation, could be an “answer” for India’s problems. But “early conclusion of RCEP”, he pointed out, is “difficult”. Dr Palit is an economist...

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