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Key’s sham “consultation” an insult to Māori

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, February 11th, 2016 - 16 comments

Waitangi Day

Last week 95bFM tweeted some audio from a Key media session, which shows his “consultation” with Māori over the TPP to be a condescending sham.

The TPPA could blight public education

Written By: - Date published: 8:03 am, February 9th, 2016 - 160 comments

money into pocket

The TPPA could bring us charter schools on steroids, and threaten policies like free tertiary education. In general its a way of locking in a permanent, international right-wing governance which can limit and constrain the kind of social policies that any future NZ left-wing government might want to enact.

TPPA snippets and media coverage

Written By: - Date published: 11:25 am, February 7th, 2016 - 24 comments

TPPA down with this sort of thing

Snippets from recent pieces on the TPP, including The Spinoff’s José Barbosa an his take on the media coverage of the Auckland protest.

20,000 protesters – 0 arrests

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, February 5th, 2016 - 230 comments

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Despite the travesty inside SkyCity, what was happening outside was in many respects a democratic nation at its finest.

UN experts issue warning on TPP

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, February 4th, 2016 - 28 comments

united-nations

When the UN is issuing warnings on the TPP, don’t you think it would be wise to listen?

Garner’s TPP rant rejected by the silent majority

Written By: - Date published: 10:15 am, February 2nd, 2016 - 81 comments

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NRT: “The TPP is too important for democracy”

Written By: - Date published: 5:27 pm, February 1st, 2016 - 40 comments

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Fran O’Sullivan seems to be arguing against democracy in her bitter little rant in Saturday’s Herald against Labour’s opposition to the TPP. Labour, of course, is representing its constituents, many of whom have significant doubts about the TPP or its benefits to New Zealand (or to them). That’s what political parties should do in a democratic country.

National – trying to provoke TPP violence?

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, January 29th, 2016 - 164 comments

Angry John Key

The police are “visiting” TPP activists – Key is cynically trying to blow the “law and order” dog whistle. But would he really go so far as to try and provoke open violence for political gain?

Little on TPP: “I don’t support it, we don’t support it”

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, January 28th, 2016 - 351 comments

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The news that the TPP is likely to cost 5 to 6,000 jobs in NZ seems to have been the last straw.

TPPA ‘National Interest Analysis’ – get both sides

Written By: - Date published: 1:27 pm, January 26th, 2016 - 85 comments

spin-thumb

The Government has released a TPPA ‘National Interest Analysis’. It should be read along with TPP Legal’s extensive analysis of the costs and risks.

Key deserved boos for his TPP lies at Ratana

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 25th, 2016 - 113 comments

Truth-and-Lies spin

Key’s “strident” defence of the TPP was booed at Ratana yesterday. With good reason, because his glib assurance that “Not a single part of TPP cuts across the Treaty of Waitangi” is yet another Key lie.

Kingi Taurua says Government not welcome to Waitangi if TPPA signed

Written By: - Date published: 7:45 am, January 19th, 2016 - 342 comments

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Ngāpuhi kaumātua and spokesperson for Te Tii Marae Kingi Tairua has announced that because of the lack of consultation if the TPPA is signed the Government will not be welcome at Waitangi.

TPP circus rolls on

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, January 14th, 2016 - 203 comments

TPPA

The new year begins much as the old one ended, with secrets, evasions and dissent over the TPP and what it means for NZ.

TPPA text released

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 pm, November 5th, 2015 - 99 comments

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The text of the TPPA has finally been released to the plebs – i.e. we the people. Too little too late.

Canada and the TPP

Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, October 21st, 2015 - 19 comments

canada fkag

Will the Liberals’ victory yesterday result in Canada dropping out of the TPP? Probably not. But Canadian farmers are going to push hard, creating an interesting opportunity for the Liberals.

Court’s decision on TPP OIA has both Nats and Ombudsman squirming

Written By: - Date published: 10:44 am, October 15th, 2015 - 23 comments

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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.

Oram on the TPP

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, October 12th, 2015 - 143 comments

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Rod Oram’s Sunday Star-Times column, as made available on Facebook, is a level-headed evaluation of the TPP. He lists five points of concern…

TPP aims to kill filesharing

Written By: - Date published: 1:37 pm, October 10th, 2015 - 159 comments

internet freedom

According to the EFF “The Final Leaked TPP Text is All That We Feared”…

Clinton opposes TPP

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, October 8th, 2015 - 103 comments

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Associated Press: BREAKING: Hillary Clinton says she opposes Pacific Rim trade deal, breaking with Obama.

Gould on the TPP

Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, October 8th, 2015 - 59 comments

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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.”

Labour to defy TPP on property ownership?

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, October 7th, 2015 - 164 comments

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If this report is accurate it opens an interesting can of worms!

TPP roundup

Written By: - Date published: 6:34 am, October 7th, 2015 - 161 comments

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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.

Campbell: The TPP dairy deal is done

Written By: - Date published: 2:50 pm, September 28th, 2015 - 63 comments

campbell-scoop

Gordon Campbell (one of the last known practitioners of the dying art of journalism) claims that the TPP dairy deal is already done. He makes a convincing case.

Folding on the TPP

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, September 23rd, 2015 - 39 comments

TPPA

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.

WMBAD: The TPP

Written By: - Date published: 1:45 pm, September 18th, 2015 - 3 comments

white man behind a desk

The White Man Behind a Desk takes on the TPP.

Anti TPP ad (Australian)

Written By: - Date published: 10:06 am, September 13th, 2015 - 17 comments

TPPA

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”

Nats losing it on the TPP

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 27th, 2015 - 73 comments

Angry John Key

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.

Dom Post on TPP arrogance

Written By: - Date published: 7:25 am, August 20th, 2015 - 32 comments

TPPA

An unusually forthright anonymous editorial in the Dom Post yesterday – not comfortable reading for the Nats on the TPP.

TPP and the Pharmac reality

Written By: - Date published: 11:37 am, August 18th, 2015 - 34 comments

medicine

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”.

Groser: an arrogant git with a tin ear

Written By: - Date published: 4:08 pm, August 15th, 2015 - 34 comments

Time Groser with John Key and a tin ear

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.

TPPA hopefully sinking again

Written By: - Date published: 12:52 pm, August 1st, 2015 - 52 comments

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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…

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