The first thing that David Cunliffe did after being elected Labour leader was to announce that Labour would not support the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement unless the text was released to the public. At the time I thought the positioning was deft and principled. It was clear that National would not release the text of the treaty so Labour could then oppose the TPPA without hesitation.
Andrew Little has, bless his heart, gone a few steps further. From One news:
Labour says it will not support a trade partnership with the United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific nations if new conditions are not met because it worries that it could see New Zealand give up too much power.
ONE News can reveal that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade deal will stop the right to restrict sales of homes and farm land to non-resident foreigners in fellow TPP countries.
“We will not support an agreement that takes away basic rights for New Zealanders,” Labour leader Andrew Little told ONE News.
“This is a big problem we have at the moment we can not have an agreement that cuts across that right to restrict sales.”
Labour’s five bottom lines are:
Looks good. And I am pretty confident that National will not agree to meet them.
Labour is running a petition against the TPPA unless these conditions are met. If you want to sign Labour’s petition the link is here.