Tag: Green Party

Govt looks set to repeat TPPA mistakes with RCEP

Press Release – Green Party The Government must learn from its mistakes with the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), not repeat them with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal, the Green Party said today.16 June 2016 Govt looks set to repeat TPPA mistakes with RCEP The Government must learn from its mistakes with the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), not repeat them with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal, the Green Party said today. RCEP is a proposed trade agreement between 14 Asian countries, Australia, and New Zealand. Negotiations were held in Auckland this week....

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Trade agreement musn’t allow corporations to sue governments

Press Release – Green Party The New Zealand Government should take controversial and outdated Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions off the table in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade negotiations in Auckland this week, the Green Party …RCEP trade agreement must not allow corporations to sue governments The New Zealand Government should take controversial and outdated Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions off the table in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade negotiations in Auckland this week, the Green Party said today. Trade Minister Todd McClay has been reported as saying that RCEP should include ISDS provisions, which allow foreign corporations to sue governments in secretive extra-judicial tribunals. “ISDS rules that allow foreign corporations to sue governments have no place in 21st century trade deals,” Green Party trade spokesperson Dr Kennedy Graham said. “ISDS rules can have chilling effects on governments and even local councils, when the threat of potential litigation stops them from doing what’s right for their citizens. “ISDS is about much more than trade, it’s about rewriting the rules of international relations to take power away from governments and give it to corporations. “India is against ISDS in RCEP and New Zealand should be too. “The European Union has been very clear that ISDS is outdated and we need new ways to balance the protection of investors’ rights with the democratic right of...

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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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Pharmac funding still short

Press Release – Green Party The Green Party welcomes the announcement that Pharmac will get an extra $39 million in funding, but is calling for the Government to immediately release Pharmacs advice on how much money it actually needs.4 May 2016 Pharmac funding still short The Green Party welcomes the announcement that Pharmac will get an extra $39 million in funding, but is calling for the Government to immediately release Pharmac’s advice on how much money it actually needs. “The Government needs to immediately release Pharmac’s advice about the true level of funding it needs to meet increased cost pressures, including the TransPacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA),” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said today. “The TPPA is the elephant in the room. The Government knows that the TPPA will push pharmaceutical costs up for Pharmac, and its likely today’s funding increase will not be enough to cover the extra costs incurred by the Government. “Many new medicines, while appearing to offer substantial new benefits, seem to come at a much higher price tag, and the movement towards more individually tailored medicines will be more expensive still. “This is a Government with a history of doing just enough to take the pressure off, without actually solving the bigger problem. “The TPPA will extend drug patents, which means Pharmac is delayed access to generic medicines, such as for biologics, that patients...

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TPPA timeframe cut exposes Govt’s predetermined agenda

Press Release – Green Party Cutting the timeframe the Select Committee has to consider public submissions on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) from four weeks to five days shows the National Government never intended to take peoples opinions on the TPPA seriously, …8 April 2016 TPPA timeframe cut exposes Govt’s predetermined agenda Cutting the timeframe the Select Committee has to consider public submissions on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) from four weeks to five days shows the National Government never intended to take peoples’ opinions on the TPPA seriously, the Green Party said today. “John Key always said New Zealanders would get a say on the TPPA but now his backbench MPs have exposed what a sham that really was,” Green Party trade spokesperson Kennedy Graham said. “The so-called consultation over the TPPA is a farce. This latest move shows how the Government couldn’t care less about the views of New Zealanders who care about the TPPA. “Slashing the time available to consider submissions is a kick in the teeth to the hundreds of very capable people who have spent a lot of time preparing over 3000 insightful submissions on the TPPA. “It’s pretty clear that National MPs have been told to get a move on and rush the TPPA through this year so it won’t become an election year issue. “No matter how National tries to...

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