Written By: - Date published: 10:24 pm, November 5th, 2015 - 99 comments
The text of the TPPA has finally been released to the plebs – i.e. we the people. Too little too late.
Written By: - Date published: 10:44 am, October 15th, 2015 - 23 comments
The High Court recently found that Government and Tim Groser improperly considered Prof. Jane Kelsey’s application for information concerning the TPPA negotiations. The Nats aren’t happy. The Ombudsman isn’t happy. Tough.
Written By: - Date published: 1:37 pm, October 10th, 2015 - 159 comments
According to the EFF “The Final Leaked TPP Text is All That We Feared”…
Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, October 8th, 2015 - 59 comments
Bryan Gould on the TPP: “…it is about managed, not free, trade – and trade that is managed in the interests of large, international, and mainly US corporations.”
Written By: - Date published: 6:34 am, October 7th, 2015 - 161 comments
A roundup of the best analysis of and reaction to the TPP. The gains are minor and delayed, the losses are real. In NZ we don’t have any democratic input into ratification, but the US does, and the deal may fall there.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, September 23rd, 2015 - 39 comments
As last ditch efforts to pass the TPP continue, Key is softening us up to sign a bad deal. Coincidentally, two articles yesterday highlight the risks to NZ.
Written By: - Date published: 10:06 am, September 13th, 2015 - 17 comments
An Australian TV ad on the downsides of the TPP – “We just received word that Channel 9 banned our new TV ad from airing during the evening news”
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 27th, 2015 - 73 comments
National are trying to evade even the simplest questions on the TPP – because the truth is profoundly undemocratic. As usual Groser and Key turn to insults instead of engaging with people’s legitimate concerns.
Written By: - Date published: 7:25 am, August 20th, 2015 - 32 comments
An unusually forthright anonymous editorial in the Dom Post yesterday – not comfortable reading for the Nats on the TPP.
Written By: - Date published: 11:37 am, August 18th, 2015 - 34 comments
Key glibly says that the government will meet increased costs for medicine under the TPPP, but the reality for Pharmac is that its budget is already squeezed. If the TPP goes ahead Key’s promise will quickly be “forgotten”.
Written By: - Date published: 4:08 pm, August 15th, 2015 - 34 comments
I’m amazed about how ignorant Tim Groser is in his costly pursuit of the TTP. But his completely weird and idiotic remarks on how the ICT industry runs really do reach a new level of mindless – even for a fool from MFAT. The TTP will bring us no advantages, and are likely to cause major disruptions to the innovation that is driving the ICT export sector.
Written By: - Date published: 12:52 pm, August 1st, 2015 - 52 comments
Looks like the TPP press conference has been delayed. Good. Lets hope this restraint of trade agreement stays that way. I had time to look at the varied opinions in the Herald this morning. A range from the good to the pathetic…
Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, July 31st, 2015 - 46 comments
Looks like (ht Danyl Mclauchlan) Malaysia is smarter than us.
Written By: - Date published: 12:33 pm, July 30th, 2015 - 42 comments
John Key has tried to suggest that we have nothing to worry about planned changes to Pharmac caused by TPP. But a recent further release by Wikileaks on the effects of the Trans Pacific Partnership on State Owned Enterprises makes you wonder if the implications of TPP on Pharmac are as limited as he says.
Written By: - Date published: 8:58 am, July 30th, 2015 - 105 comments
We’re not making progress on dairy in the TPP negotiations, but the smart money reckons we’re going to sign anyway.
Update: Read what a real journalist has to say on the current state of negotiations.
Written By: - Date published: 12:39 pm, July 29th, 2015 - 46 comments
Tim Groser has some advice for us on the TPP – “We need adults to do this, not breathless children to run off at the mouth when the deal is not actually finished.”
Written By: - Date published: 9:29 am, July 29th, 2015 - 144 comments
We are giving away the shop and we don’t know what if anything we will get in terms of dairy access yet. Our negotiators have signaled that they are weak. And even if we get what we want it is probably worth bugger all anyway.
Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, July 28th, 2015 - 108 comments
Labour has set out its bottom lines for supporting the TPP. My question to National and its supporters – which of Labour’s bottom lines are you prepared to give away, and why?
Update: We can cross off point 1, Key sells out Pharmac.
Written By: - Date published: 10:23 am, May 21st, 2015 - 13 comments
Grosser has confirmed that the TPPA (if it ever happens) will contain “ISDS” provisions that could limit the scope of our sovereignty by allowing foreign corporations to sue NZ.
Written By: - Date published: 2:31 pm, May 12th, 2015 - 11 comments
Full marks to these folk for clever protest placement.