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PM Post Cabinet: Christmas Island and the US Navy

Article – Robert Kelly Prime Minister John Key will travel to South East Asia next week to encourage commerce and security links with South-East Asian and Pacific nations. He will lead a trade delegation to Vietnam before visiting the East Asian Summit in Kuala Lumpur and the … PM Post Cabinet: Christmas Island and the US Navy Robert Kelly Prime Minister John Key will travel to South East Asia next week to encourage commerce and security links with South-East Asian and Pacific nations. He will lead a trade delegation to Vietnam before visiting the East Asian Summit in Kuala Lumpur and the APEC Leaders’ Meeting in Manilla. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5au_h3PQSQ&w=560&h=315] Mr Key fielded a range of questions on issues at the Australian Christmas Island detention centre. He said New Zealanders at the detention centre had been offered the opportunity to come back to New Zealand while there cases were being processed and that to his knowledge the ones still at the centre were there by choice. Key emphasised that while New Zealanders were involved in this issue it is still an Australian correctional facility and therefore an “Australian matter”. Mr Key said the US, along with several other armed forces, has been invited to send a naval ship for the New Zealand Navy’s 75th anniversary celebrations. He stated that the invitation was not motivated by desires to strengthen the relationship...

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Post-cabinet press conference: Online purchase GST and TPPA

Article – Jeremy Wilkinson and Megan Gattey Applying GST to online purchases was the main focus of this afternoons post-cabinet press conference in Wellington.Post-cabinet press conference: Online purchase GST and TPPA Photo: Jeremy Wilkinson Applying GST to online purchases was the main focus of this afternoon’s post-cabinet press conference in Wellington. Currently purchasers of online goods only have to pay GST if their order is more than $400. “I think you should have to pay for online services. There are about 12 jurisdictions around the world that do that, including Europe. I completely understand why people want to buy online. I just think it should be even and fair with New Zealand retailers.” In simple terms, Key said paying GST in advance meant there would be no reason for items to be held up at the border. The government would like to be able to apply GST to both services and goods, but it will take longer to implement the goods aspect because the officials need to work through the logistics, he said. “We want to ultimately be able to apply GST to services and goods. Netflix and iTunes users will soon be charged GST for the services, but Key said this could not be called a “new” tax. “New Zealanders have always paid GST. The only change is that the purchasing is happening online.” Key also discussed the...

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Accelerating Over the Cliff in our Latest Roadster

Article – Paul Martin The Intergovernmental Report on Climate Change earlier this year noted if action is not taken soon the resultant 2C increase in global temperatures will have severe, and irreversible impacts on human habitation and economic activity. Accelerating Over the Cliff in our Latest Roadster: and never mind the road-kill! by Paul Martin November 24, 2014 The Intergovernmental Report on Climate Change earlier this year noted if action is not taken “soon’ the resultant 2C increase in global temperatures will have ‘severe’, and ‘irreversible” impacts on human habitation and economic activity. Governments, in their desperation to feed the “god of growth” are increasingly making more and bigger foolish decisions that undermine our sustainability as a species on this planet. Take for instance, the ever-increasing taxpayer dollars pouring into oil and gas explorations, or the actions of corporate-resourced governments such as the UK or New Zealand, with their intent to emasculate regulations that protect the environment against corporate interests. Or the potential horrendous environmental impacts of international agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The “god of growth” must be fed, regardless of the consequences to our planet and the species who inhabit it. While climate change gets all the press these days in the media; it should be noted that climate change is just one of a multitude of impacts of homo sapiens’ drive for “progress’...

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Gordon Campbell on Australia scoring trade points with China

Column – Gordon Campbell It hasnt been a great year for Trade Minister Tim Groser. The Trans Pacific Partnership deal has been deadlocked all year, amidst increasingly desperate attempts to jawbone it towards the finishing line. Gordon Campbell on the Australians scoring trade points against us with the Chinese by Gordon Campbell It hasn’t been a great year for Trade Minister Tim Groser. The Trans Pacific Partnership deal has been deadlocked all year, amidst increasingly desperate attempts to jawbone it towards the finishing line. Secondly, we’ve just concluded an FTA with Korea that lacks adequate milkpowder provisions, which can only be read by the Japanese (in a TPP context) as a sign that we will perhaps settle for less. To top it off, Australia has just signed a FTA with China that has far better provisions on dairy exports than what New Zealand currently enjoys in our own FTA with China. This has not escaped the attention of the Japanese press, who reported the Aussie FTA this morning in this fashion: The agreement gives Australian dairy farmers tariff-free access within four years to China’s lucrative infant formula market, minus any of the “safeguard” caps that currently restrict competitors from New Zealand. As the Japan Times story pointed out, Australia is trying to shift its economy away from a ‘mining boom’ to a ‘dining boom’ – and it has the...

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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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