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PM says NZ wouldn’t have an issue with US drone strikes

Press Release – TV One PM says NZ wouldnt have an issue with US drone strikes against terrorists in IraqPM says NZ wouldn’t have an issue with US drone strikes against terrorists in Iraq The Prime Minister John Key told TV1’s Q+A programme that he would not have an issue if the US went ahead with drone strikes on the terrorist group ISIL (ISIS) in Iraq. “We’ve effectively designated them to be a terrorist, and secondly because the only way they’d go in there would be at the invitation of the Iraqi government and in fact the Iraqi government have been calling on the Americans to do that.” “ISIL who are the terrorist group who are really fighting the Iraqi government at the moment, they have been designated by New Zealand as a terrorist group. So think about it in these terms – I mean if there was for instance a drone strike in Iraq I don’t think the Americans would come to us and say New Zealand do you offer your moral support.” “I guess my point is we’re more than likely to be silent on the issue because we won’t be asked to necessarily offer a view, any more than we are asked to offer a view in Yemen, and that’s on-going, when we’ve been pitching for the Security Council seat. The one point I would say...

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Q+A Panel Discussion – In response to Tim Groser Interview

Press Release – TV One Well, I guess its when it comes to fruition. Its a very major deal, Susan, and its, I guess, the most large free-trade agreement regional free-trade agreement we can be part of, stopping short of, actually, another round of the …Q + A PANEL DISCUSSION 3 Hosted by SUSAN WOOD In response to Tim Groser Interview SUSAN Fran, TPP – I know you’re an expert on this. Do you think it’s a good deal for the country? FRAN O’SULLIVAN – NZ Herald Columnist Well, I guess it’s— when it comes to fruition. It’s a very major deal, Susan, and it’s, I guess, the most large free-trade agreement – regional free-trade agreement – we can be part of, stopping short of, actually, another round of the WTO. It’s taken successive work by ministers from Labour, who kicked it off, notably Phil Goff, Jim Sutton before him, and then baton picked up by the current government. Clearly, there’s benefits by getting access to markets which are basically been not so much closed to us but big impediments, like Japan and parts of the States and other parts of Asia. I think it’s a good— From what I understand, I think it’s all upside, to be honest. SUSAN Claire, politically, we— whichever government is in, we’ve been pretty consistent around these sort of trade deals, haven’t we?...

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Tim Groser adamant Trans-Pacific Partnership good for NZ

Press Release – TV One I am absolutely certain that this will be a great deal for New Zealand along the lines were negotiating. Tim Groser is confident the TPP will have a marginal impact on public institutions like Pharmac.Sunday 22 September, 2013 Trade Minister Tim Groser is adamant that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be a good for the country. “I am absolutely certain that this will be a great deal for New Zealand along the lines we’re negotiating.” Tim Groser is confident the TPP will have a marginal impact on public institutions like Pharmac. “It certainly won’t result in higher prices for pharmaceutical products for New Zealanders.  This is really about protecting the model of Pharmac to ensure that they’re in a tough negotiating position with international pharmaceutical companies, and we’ve got some very good negotiators who are doing just that.”   Groser says parallel importing will continue as long as it’s consistent with intellectual property law. “There’s some complicated issues about the interface of this with copyright and that’s a legitimate concern, and our negotiators will work their way through those issues.” He concedes that this negotiation is the ‘most complicated negotiation’ that he has ever seen. He denies concerns that Fonterra will have to be broken up. “Fonterra is not at risk.  This is a negotiating tactic used by those people who want to restrict New...

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Q+A – Interview with David Cunliffe and David Parker

Press Release – TV One Is Prime Minister John Key still riding high in the popularity polls, or has a month of campaigning by the Labour leadership impacted on our ONE News Colmar Brunton poll for preferred Prime Minister?Sunday 22 September, 2013 Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin interviews Labour Party leader David Cunliffe and deputy leader David Parker Q+A, 9-10am Sundays on TV ONE and one hour later on TV ONE plus 1. Streamed live at www.tvnz.co.nz Thanks to the support from NZ On Air. Q+A is on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/NZQandA#!/NZQandA and on Twitter, http://twitter.com/#!/NZQandA SUSAN          Is Prime Minister John Key still riding high in the popularity polls, or has a month of campaigning by the Labour leadership impacted on our ONE News Colmar Brunton poll for preferred Prime Minister?  We sampled one thousand eligible voters from September 14 to 18, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 per cent.  The results are in, and they show that John Key has increased his numbers to 42 points, up one.  New Labour leader David Cunliffe has jumped up 10 points to 12 since becoming leader.  New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is unchanged on four and the Greens’ Russel Norman also unchanged on three.  No, we will analyse the poll results with the panel shortly, but first Labour’s new top team, the two Davids.  They’ve got quite a...

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Q+A Panel Discussion – Response to John Key Interview

Press Release – TV One Yeah, I mean, we should congratulate John Key for achieving the restart of the talks. But make no bones about it, he had used it as a Trojan horsePanel Discussions Hosted By Susan Wood In response to John Key interview SUSAN WOOD Back with the panel. Dr Bryce Edwards, Fran O’Sullivan and Matt McCarten. Bryce, very interesting seeing him [John Key] using the emotional ties, the Korean War, the soldiers who fought there, to push our free trade agreement. DR BRYCE EDWARDS – Political Scientist Yeah, I mean, we should congratulate John Key for achieving the restart of the talks. But make no bones about it, he had used it as a Trojan horse – using the commemorations, using NZ’s war veterans going over there, basically going in with direct talks and saying, ‘Look, we lost 45 people who died in this war. Now it’s time for payback. We want free trade talks.’ It’s a Trojan horse, and it’s really what wars are for. NZ goes in and then comes back and says, ‘Now it’s time for payback,’ and he’s got it. SUSAN Pretty important for us, though, Fran, isn’t it, that we get in there, given that it is our fifth largest market? FRAN O’SULLIVAN – NZ Herald Columnist Yeah, it is important, and, frankly, I wrote after he came back empty-handed last...

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