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Free Trade, Or trading freedom

New Scientist unpick the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) the other half of the worlds TPPA equivalent. 

  • How the world's largest trade deal affects you (here)
  • Beware the treaty's empty economic promises (here)
  • Healthy profits, but what about people? (here)

These, and related articles, appeared in the New Scientist  November 1 issue#2993
(Image: Andrzej Krauze)

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It's Our Future NZ - TPPA Bulletin #59

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Kiwis concerned about the TPPA: Day of Action



November 8 


 1.00 pm

Auckland ~> Aotea Square 

Hamilton ~> Garden Place

Tauranga ~> tbc

New Plymouth ~> tbc

Palmerston North ~> tbc

Wellington ~> The Bucket Fountain 

Nelson ~> tbc 

Christchurch ~> tbc 

Timaru ~> Bay Hill Piazza 

Dunedin ~> Otago Museum 

Invercargill ~> tbc 

Who's Running The Show & In Whose Interests?

A video of the CAFCA (Campaign Against Foreign Control – Aotearoa) pre-election tour presentation.

It is Time to Put People back at the centre of the Economy 

People's Rights before Corporate Profit
Public Service Not Private Profit
An Independent Foreign Policy
No Unjust Secret Treaties

  • You can get the speech notes here
  • And view the PowerPoint presentation here 

One more time, Prime Minister, read the Cabinet Manual: Parliament does not get to ratify the TPPA!

‘How many times do the Prime Minister and other members of the government have to be hauled up for misrepresenting the role of Parliament in making treaties, especially the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement’, asked Professor Jane Kelsey from the University of Auckland.

On NewstalkZB this morning (April 3) John Key
John Key: “mis-statement” or “willfully misrepresenting”
claimed, yet again, that ‘In the end, this thing has to go through our Parliament has to be ratified by our Parliament and has to bear scrutiny and I believe is in the best interests of New Zealand.’

‘The Prime Minister is either woefully ignorant of the fundamental process of treaty making, as set out in the Cabinet Manual, or he is willfully misrepresenting the process to the New Zealand public’, Kelsey said.

‘Parliament’s role in treaty making is largely symbolic. It has no power to decide whether or not the TPPA should be signed or ratified and no ability to change its terms TPPA or require it to be renegotiated.’ 

‘The select committee process is a farcical exercise because its members know they cannot change the treaty.’ 

‘At most, Parliament could refuse to pass legislation that is required to bring a particular law into compliance with the TPPA. But the government will have plenty of non-legislative ways to achieve compliance,’ according to Kelsey.

Key’s right hand man, Stephen Joyce, has already had to correct a similar mis-statement in the House. 

Chester Borrows apparently made a similar misrepresentation when speaking to protesters against the TPPA in Whanganui on Saturday.

‘If this is what the National government believes should be the case, it should change the constitutional rules to make Parliament responsible for international treaties.’ 

Both the ACT Party’s Ken Shirley and the Green Party’s Keith Locke have attempted to do so through private bills. National and Labour blocked both of them.

‘Until the government makes Parliament responsible for overseeing, signing and then ratifying treaties, they should be honest with the New Zealand public: the Executive, in other words the Cabinet, decides what to negotiate, instructs the officials, signs the treaty and ratifies it’, Kelsey said.

For an explanation of the treaty making process see:

The Prime Minister’s comments can be accessed here

Stephen Joyce’s correction can be accessed here

Out of the TPPA frying pan, into the EU-FTA fire?

‘The National government is striking a brick wall in getting major concessions on dairy from the US and Japan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). It will have an equal or greater battle in its plans for a free trade agreement with the European Union’, said Professor Jane Kelsey from the University of Auckland, in response to reports that such negotiations are possible.

The EU has consistently protected its agriculture sector at the multilateral level during the Uruguay and the Doha rounds of multilateral negotiations. That position has carried through in its various bilateral agreements.

‘Some of the EU’s standard demands will conflict directly with the proposed TPPA’ Professor Kelsey says.

‘In particular, the Europeans require their agreements to contain strong protections for geographical indicators, such as the traditional names of European cheeses like camembert and parmesan. New Zealand, Australia and the US have been pushing for the opposite rules in the TPPA.’

According to Professor Kelsey negotiations with the Europeans would, like the TPPA, range far beyond ‘free trade’.

Europe’s pharmaceutical companies are just as aggressive as US Big Pharma in the US.

The European services lobby will also push for sweeping rules that lock in deregulatory frameworks for banking and other financial services, privatised water concessions, public private partnerships, telecommunications, and much more.

‘These are all areas where New Zealand needs a free hand to remedy the problems of light handed and risk tolerant regulation of recent decades’, Professor Kelsey observed.

‘On the positive side of the ledger, the EU has refused to agree to US demands for a similar level of secrecy in the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership to that which applies for the TPPA.'

The Europeans have already agreed to release the draft investment chapter for public comment before it is tabled in the negotiations. The European Parliament can be expected to subject any talks to intensive scrutiny.

‘Equally significant are the announcements from France and Germany this month that they will not accept investor-state dispute settlement in any agreement with the US. That is further proof that the tide is turning on this particularly iniquitous feature of recent commercial treaties.' 

However, a similar approach in an EU-NZ agreement would not protect New Zealand from investor claims by European firms, according to Professor Kelsey.  'Many European their firms span the Atlantic and could use a backdoor route to sue the New Zealand government under the TPPA. ’

The TPPA negotiations with the US and ten other countries have already taken four years without any resolution. Professor Kelsey predicts that any negotiation with the EU would drag on interminably.

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