The Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Select Committee has released its report on the TPPA. There was a huge response to the Inquiry with 6351 submissions and 255 oral submissions, the vast majority rejecting the TPPA. Congratulations to all those who wrote submissions and gave evidence, many for the first time. It is important that we engage with our democratic institutions even when they are unresponsive and frustrating.
The government’s report is predictable and along the lines of the National Interest Analysis that was written by MFAT to justify the TPPA.
Minority reports were written by Labour, The Greens and NZ First, all critical of the TPPA. Issues raised included the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS); restrictions on governments’ right to regulate; the loss of sovereignty; the misleading economic analysis and small economic benefits; the lack of benefits for farmers and SMEs; threats to the environment and climate action; and the disregard for democratic processes, excessive secrecy and weak procedures for treaty-making.
The government has announced a ‘Trade Policy Refresh’ with meetings in Wellington, Auckland and a venue in the South Island . These are more like a tweak of trade policy than the fundamental re-think that is required.
There is growing opposition to treaties like the TPPA in New Zealand and around the world. It’s Our Future has prepared an Open Letter and gathered initial signatures to present at the MFAT meetings.
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Make signs, print signs and erect signs that declare your spaces to be TPPA Free. You can declare your home, neighbourhood, community centre, school, workplace, local Council to be a TPPA Free Zone. These signs can go on your house, letter box, car, public space, or wherever. Let everyone you know to declare their spaces as TPPA Free Zones as well.
Congrats to Greg Rzesniowiecki and others who made this happen.
Shirin Brown, Waiheke Local Board representative has prepared a Guide for how Boards can go TPP free.
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