Tag: Francis Cook

Lunchtime Anti-TPPA Protest at Parliament

Article – Francis Cook A large group of protesters assembled this Wednesday at the Parliament stairs in Wellington to oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal. The protest is part of a week-long action which will culminate on Saturday with nation-wide marches. Lunchtime Anti-TPPA Protest at Parliament By Francis Cook A large group of protesters assembled this Wednesday at the Parliament stairs in Wellington to oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal. The protest is part of a week-long action which will culminate on Saturday with nation-wide marches. Click for big version The crowds were addressed by Fletcher Tabuteau of New Zealand First, Russel Norman of the Green Party, and Labour’s David Parker. A petition of 100,000 signatures was delivered asking for the Government to walk away from the deal. Tabuteau said the deal has been “forced down your throats.” John Key, he said, “is not listening. It’s just wrong. It’s insulting to the New Zealand public.” Norman stressed the legal issues which could arise from signing the deal. He said “the purpose of these agreements is to restrict democratic space.” Click for big version Parker elicited some boos from the crowd when he said Labour was pro free trade. He said that Labour was against the secrecy of the deal and the lack of provisions to protect the treaty of Waitangi. The 12 nations involved in the deal...

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Book Launch: The FIRE Economy by Jane Kelsey

Article – Francis Cook Professor Jane Kelsey held a discussion with Carol Hershfeld on her new book The FIRE Economy: New Zealand’s Reckoning . Last night marked to official launch of the work, published by Bridget Williams Books. The FIRE Economy is an investigation into … Book Launch: The FIRE Economy by Jane Kelsey Story and Images by Francis Cook Professor Jane Kelsey held a discussion with Carol Hirschfeld on her new book The FIRE Economy: New Zealand’s Reckoning. Last night marked to official launch of the work, published by Bridget Williams Books. The FIRE Economy is an investigation into the “neoliberal” project as it stands in 2015. Professor Kelsey said the neoliberal economic model of the 1980s presents a dangerous faux-stability which citizens have been slowly coerced into accepting and, moreover, protecting. Creative ideas for economic change are described as dangerous or “economic voodoo”. “We are sleepwalking,” she said. “We should be worried. Even if we don’t have a crisis, we have a pretty sick economy.” Hirschfeld and Kelsey discussed the privatisation of power, brought on by the Government’s reliance on easy access to capital. The private sector, said Kelsey, now performs a public function. Kelsey said New Zealand, as a small country, can afford to be more creative in economic reform. The TPPA will “handcuff” our system into the unsustainable neoliberal model. Kelsey is a prominent critic...

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PM’s Presser: Saudi Sheep Scandal still Labour’s Fault.

Article – Francis Cook The Prime Minister today conceded he had gotten the numbers wrong about refugee intake on a radio interview this morning. Mr Key said there would be talks about raising the number but insisted that the cost runs up to $58m annually to settle refugees … PM’s Presser: Saudi Sheep Scandal still Labour’s Fault. Story, images and video by Francis Cook The Prime Minister today conceded he had gotten the numbers wrong about refugee intake on a radio interview this morning. Mr Key said there would be talks about raising the number but insisted that the cost runs up to $58m annually to settle refugees under our current quota. He said New Zealand is ranked 6th in the OECD for its refugee quota. UNHCR figures show New Zealand is 90th in the world in the total number of refugees we host per capita. Click for big version When asked about the recent floods, he said it was uncertain whether climate change was causing more extreme weather and the Government was not considering raising emergency protocols because of the costs to local councils. The funding provided from the Government would be for short term “fix-it” work. The costs of the floods, he expects, will run into the millions. Key also discussed the Saudi sheep scandal. He held fast to his insistence that the recently released papers from...

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