8-15 AugustTPPA ACTION WEEK!
Ministers couldn’t reach a deal in
- No TPP deal, but Groser 'extremely confident' (NZ Herald)
- 'We'll win the TPPA war' says Groser (NZ Herald)
- Disappointment as TPPA talks break down (NZ Herald)
- TPPA: Trans Pacific Partnership talks fail in face of NZ, Canada dairy clash (NZ Farmer)
- NZ won't be pushed out of TPP negotiations - Tim Groser (Stuff.co.nz)
- Labour Leader responds to TPP latest (Radio NZ)
- Trade Minister Tim Groser on the TPP (Radio NZ)
- TPP critic Jane Kelsey responds to latest (Radio NZ)
- Mediawatch with TPPA focus (Radio NZ)
Government fesses up to costs of TPPA
In one week Key admitted more taxpayers’ money will go direct into big pharma’s pockets to pay for meds, and new limits won’t be possible on foreign buyers of residential property, while Groser admitted an investor-state dispute could happen and NZ could lose before a rogue tribunal. Seems like a drip feed of confessions in expectation the text would become public and show they had been lying.
A court challenge to secrecy
Next week a case will be lodged in the High Court in Wellington to challenge the secrecy of the TPPA negotiations. Formally it seeks an urgent judicial review of Minister Groser’s refusal to release any documents under the Official Information Act that
Crown rejects Waitangi Tribunal
Last week, the Waitangi Tribunal considered an urgent hearing on the claim that the TPPA breaches te Tiriti. Given the short time to the ministerial it was proposed that an independent legal expert should review whether the proposed Treaty of Waitangi exception was adequate. The Crown thought about it, then said no - because revisiting the exception could mean other parties want to reopen things important to NZ. As former Nat Minister, now Tribunal member, Doug Kidd said ‘so poor old rangatiratanga goes down the gurgler again’.
Labour finally takes a stand
Bipartisan support for the TPPA is no longer guaranteed. The Labour caucus (not the party) announced five ‘principles’ would decide its position on the TPPA. All but the one about foreign investment in residential property was woolly. But when Key admitted meds would cost more and TPPA would stop Labour restricting foreign buyers of
Government blocks Fighting Corporate Control Bill
On 22 July NZ First's Fighting Foreign Corporate Control Bill got its first reading. Unfortunately the Bill missed out on getting to the Select Committee by one vote, as expected Peter Dunne and David Seymour voted against the Bill. Speeches from the Government MPs (like David Bennett, Mark Mitchell and Shane Reti) demonstrated their poor understanding of ISDS provisions and what they mean for our democracy.
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