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The TPP11 negotiations: ISDS provisions are gone – almost

Written By: - Date published: 1:08 pm, November 12th, 2017 - 113 comments
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The do we don’t we have a deal negotiations over TPP11 are set to continue over the next few months.  It appears that a lot of progress has been made in dealing with investor state dispute resolution procedures but the question will be has it been enough.

David Parker appeared on Q&A this morning and gave an outline on how the negotiations are going.  From Television New Zealand:

Foreign corporations would still be able to sue New Zealand’s government under principals agreed to by the government, but those circumstances have been considerably narrowed, Trade Minister David Parker says.

Mr Parker, is in Da Nang in Vietnam where the APEC summit is the venue for negotiations between 11 countries on the newly-renamed Comprehensive Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) agreement.

He said New Zealand has been able to reach consensus on “four and a half out of five” of the main things the Labour government wanted from the TPP.

One of those issues, the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clauses, has caused concern, as it could allow foreign corporates to sue our government in a foreign court if they felt they had been disadvantaged by New Zealand law or changes to those laws.

One example would be a tobacco company potentially suing New Zealand for lost income if tobacco became illegal.

Mr Parker said consensus around a considerable narrowing of the ISDS clauses have now been achieved, including a “side-deal” with Australia which completely eliminates ISDS clauses between Australia and New Zealand, which makes up 80 per cent of potential CPTPP trade.

“We’ve effectively got 80 per cent out, we’ve got some bilateral negotiations outside of the text that are ongoing, that we haven’t yet concluded – but we’re still trying our best to conclude,” Mr Parker said.

However, speaking this morning to TVNZ 1’s Q+A programme, Mr Parker said the remaining 20 per cent of trade with the other 10 CPTPP countries did currently still include ISDS provisions, but only for unhappy investors to use New Zealand courts.

“As the text stood, if a big multinational was building a big infrastructure project in New Zealand under contract with the Government and they became dissatisfied and had a dispute, until the narrowing, they could have used these ISDS clauses to take that dispute to an international tribunal – they now no longer can,” Mr Parker said.

“If they’ve got a breach of a contract like that, they’ve got to sue the New Zealand government in the New Zealand courts – just like a New Zealand company would have to.”

Mr Parker also said that New Zealand will retain the power to modify its own legislation and governmental systems without fear of corporations suing them.

“If we changed the regulation relating to taxes or environment or labour laws or public health or did anything with our public schooling system or our public health system, no they could not [sue New Zealand]” but “there are some narrower areas where they could still make a complaint under these ISDS clauses,” Mr Parker said.

Thankfully in the future the days of ISDS clauses will be at an end, at least for this Government.  The Report quotes Parker as saying:

We have instructed our negotiators not to agree them [ISDS clauses] in future, but we haven’t been able to successfully remove them completely from this agreement.”

The report then confusingly suggests that Parker confirmed, possibly over optimistically, that the new deal satisfies the five conditions that the Government had set for itself.  The conditions are:

– It achieves meaningful gains in market access for farmers and supports the more than 620,000 New Zealanders whose jobs depend on exports. The CPTPP will also provide New Zealand for the first time with preferential market access into Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, as well as Canada, Mexico and Peru;

– It upholds the unique status of the Treaty of Waitangi;

– It preserves New Zealand’s right to regulate in the public interest. We have also retained the reciprocal agreement with Australia, which is the source of 80 per cent of our overseas investment from this new grouping, that ISDS clauses will not apply between our countries. We continue to seek similar agreements with the other countries in this new Agreement. In addition, the scope to make ISDS claims has also been narrowed;

– The Pharmac model continues to be protected. Further improvements now achieved include suspension of patent extensions which could have increased the cost of medicine to the government; and

– The ability to control the sale of New Zealand homes is being preserved by separate legislation in New Zealand.

So American and Australian corporations will not be able to sue New Zealand over trade matters except in our courts.  And New Zealand will be able to regulate in the national interest in many areas free of concern that a law suit may ensue.  But the “narrower areas where they could still make a complaint under these ISDS clauses” needs to be clarified and preferably deleted.

Now that the US is no longer involved, Canada is showing considerable reluctance and Australia is willing to do a side deal removing the ability of its corporations from attacking New Zealand under the ISDS provisions maybe New Zealand should go the full hog and insist that they be removed completely.

113 comments on “The TPP11 negotiations: ISDS provisions are gone – almost ”

  1. Et Tu Brute 1

    A lot of smoke and mirrors. 90% of what he claims is a gain was in the text already – probably just clarified for him. They’ve got to make the agreement appear better now so they can walk back on their previous statements. Tobacco was always out of the ISDS and the original agreement had carve outs on public health and the environment etc… Not saying it is a good deal, just this messaging is dodgy from Parker.

    • Enough is Enough 1.1

      Yep – Parker was always in favour of TPP so I don’t really believe anything he has to say on this. It is all spin.

      I will wait to see Jane Kelsey’s analysis before giving Parker any credit here.

      • cleangreen 1.1.1

        Enough is Enough,

        I agree 100% with the dis-belief in those changes Minister Parker talks about as there will always be “fish-hoooks in these agreements, that a government could not predict.

        OAB spells some out here,
        SOEs.
        Natural resources.
        Infrastructure.
        Intellectual Property.
        Financial instruments.

        And no doubt many many more.

        DH offers further evidence of fish hooks,
        “they can only sue our Govt on the same grounds an NZ investor can sue…. that needs clarifying IMO.”

        This Government tripped up on the first day in Parliament wirtth national threatening to veto the speakers elction to office, so how satisfied can we be to believe anything the government tries to sell us now????

        No we need very comprehensive deep analysis of all the new TPP 11 or whatever it is called now.

        I asked jacinda to take our very special lady Professor Jane Kelsey who knoows more about this issue than anyone else onto her team of negociators, but labour did not!!!!!

        So I have deep reservations about the way labour are conducting this issue now since labour said they would be a government of “inclussion”!!!! really?

        Prove this now Jacinda and co by placing Professor Jane Kelsey on your negociating team for expert advisory legal issues for our bloody sakes before you sign this thing and tie us into a 30yr hole of ISDS death.

        • srylands 1.1.1.1

          I have doubts that Ms Kelsey would ever agree to the prerequisites for being on the negotiation team. Firstly, vetting by the NZSIS. Secondly, signing a non disclosure agreement that commits her to keeping secret all details of negotiations.

        • James 1.1.1.2

          That’s got to be the funniest thing ever. you actually asked her to take Kelsey?

      • red-blooded 1.1.2

        So Jane Kelsey is impartial in these matters, is she? Has she ever endorsed any free trade deal?

        I also have reservations about TPP and want to know more about this revived version, but I was reasonably reassured by Parker’s interview. And to be fair to him, he didn’t claim to have been entirely satisfied, just said that they had got 4 1/2 of their 5 concerns dealt with.

        As for NZ “insisting” on anything, what leverage do we have to insist on anything? We can negotiate, and it looks like we were lucky here, because others also had reservations and were happy to park the provisions that had just been added in to satisfy the US, and then we can sign or not sign, but we’re a small fish and we don’t get to demand or insist.

        • red-blooded 1.1.2.1

          One thing I still want to know more about is the process agreed for ISDS. Parker says that corporates would have to use NZ courts if they wanted to bring a case, but would there be another (international) tribunal sitting at a last-appeal level? If so, it would be a but meaningless (and bloody expensive for the crown) to go through the NZ courts first. This is the kind of thing I’d still like to see clarified.

        • tracey 1.1.2.2

          She is not impartial but her analysis contains more depth and reliance on evidence and research than most I have heard in support of TPP.

          I would expect a Labour Govt, like a National Govt to be speaking with a political view, that is talking up the gains and minimising or ignoring the losses.

          David Parker, like the Trade Minister before him is NOT impartial.

          • UncookedSelachimorpha 1.1.2.2.1

            Agree. Her arguments seem factual and logical. I don’t think you need to have a history of supporting free trade deals, to have a valid viewpoint.

            • tracey 1.1.2.2.1.1

              If someone like, say, Wayne Mapp, provided the same kind of analysis with support and evidence, I may well find myself a recruit to the TPP. He has the knowledge, the contacts and the interest. the biggest thing for me is going to be the release of the cost/benefit analysis so we can judge what “best for NZ” actually meant in both Nats and Labour’s minds.

              • KJT

                That is the problem. Wayne Mapp’s inability to provide evidence, shows there has never been a proper encompassing Cost/benefit analysis, of any of the ideological flatulence from Government since the 80’s.

        • Draco T Bastard 1.1.2.3

          As for NZ “insisting” on anything, what leverage do we have to insist on anything?

          We have the power not to enter the agreement. We don’t have to be in the agreement. In fact, from what I can make out, we’d be better off if we weren’t.

          • tracey 1.1.2.3.1

            Seemingly we got a trade deal with China before anyone else. The time and money expended on TPP1 -11 must be considerable

        • Incognito 1.1.2.4

          So Jane Kelsey is impartial in these matters, is she? Has she ever endorsed any free trade deal?

          Nobody with the slightest professional interest in this can claim 100% impartiality. A much better question to ask would be whether Professor Kelsey is ideologically opposed to free trade per se and in such a way that it would preclude her from doing an in-depth critical analysis and drawing conclusions that are based on fact & merit that can be supported with evidence. Even if she can only draw inferences she should be able to provide compelling arguments. Do you think you know the answer to that question?

          In the end, I don’t think there is one right or wrong answer re. TTP-11 (CPTPP), just a best and well-educated guess based on the best information and knowledge (AKA evidence) that is currently available.

          This is in shrill contrast to the information vacuum created by our Government and the spin they are using to fill this hole with …

          • Draco T Bastard 1.1.2.4.1

            A much better question to ask would be whether Professor Kelsey is ideologically opposed to free trade per se and in such a way that it would preclude her from doing an in-depth critical analysis and drawing conclusions that are based on fact & merit that can be supported with evidence.

            She’s already done as much and posted it.

            Do you think you know the answer to that question?

            What question?

            In the end, I don’t think there is one right or wrong answer re. TTP-11 (CPTPP), just a best and well-educated guess based on the best information and knowledge (AKA evidence) that is currently available.

            The best information presently available tells us that the present system of FTAs doesn’t do as advertised but the exact opposite thus the only thing that a government should do is drop out of them.

            • tracey 1.1.2.4.1.1

              She may have an ideological view but she absolutely has supported her views with fact and evidence. If people like Mapp or other supporters did the same we would all be better off. But they dont. Quick to sling insults at Kelsey but slow to take the time she does to write evidence based submissions for us to consider

            • Incognito 1.1.2.4.1.2

              What question?

              You’ve’ already answered it, obviously 😉

              The question [to red-blooded] is whether Kelsey is compromised so that she has got no (academic) integrity and credibility to do her job properly.

              PS As far as I can tell those links are to stuff that Kelsey posted in 2016, i.e. before Trump/USA pulled out!?

              • She posted a lot of stuff about the TPPA and how it doesn’t stack up. That link just seemed to have most of it but, yes, it would be from before the USA pulled out.

              • tracey

                Why is she compromised? She has analysed, researched, written arguments with support that are firmly against entering this agreement. You do not have to agree with her, no one does. Any many do not but just because having compiled that information she marched to ensure her view is heard does not make her lacking credibility or academic integrity. I argue the opposite. She very public stands up and behind her assertions. She does not shrink from them. She holds them out to be knocked down, one by one by analysis, evidence and research. I was at the Fabian event she and Wayne attended. When he put forward a view she countered with reference to clauses, to evidence, to research. When she made a statement he replied with rhetoric. he had advance notice, he could have prepared in the same way she had. he chose to take a route other than specific clause reference, evidence, research and relied upon the power of his rhetoric to persuade.

                The Education Act states that University academics are to be the critic and conscience of society. I would suggest that those who sit on their hands for fear of rocking the boat or jeopardising their jobs are the ones we should poiint fingers at as having no academic credibility or integrity to do their jobs.

                “Jane Kelsey is one of New Zealand’s best-known critical commentators on issues of globalisation and neoliberalism. She has taught at the University of Auckland since 1979, specialising in socio-legal studies, law and policy and international economic regulation.

                Jane is active internationally as a researcher, analyst, adviser and media commentators on globalisation, especially the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, trade in services, and investment agreements. She is an active member of a number of international coalitions of academics, trade unionists, NGOs and social movements working for social justice.

                A followup to her best-selling book on the neoliberal restructuring of New Zealand, ‘The New Zealand Experiment. A World Model for Structural Adjustment?’ will be published in 2015. Entitled ‘The FIRE Economy’, it examines the challenges of embedded neoliberalism in the context of financial crises, and was supported by a Marsden Fund research grant. Other recent books include ‘Service Whose Interests? The Political Economy of Trade in Services Agreements’ (Routledge Cavendish 2008), and the edited ‘No Ordinary Deal. Unmasking the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement’ (ed) (Bridget Williams Books 2010), as well as many published articles.”

                Who better to test the prevailing view that all (any) free trade deals are good trade deals?

                As for her not having anything published since this last round of talks, she usually gets stuff up pretty quickly given she is shut out from information that others get (eg when USA was in 400 Corps got briefed or were invited to talk rounds)

                https://itsourfuture.org.nz/jane-kelsey-nz-joins-trend-countries-say-no-isds-must-hold-firm-tppa/ from 1 nov

                • Incognito

                  Hi tracey,

                  Since your comment appears to be directed at one of my comments (@ 1.1.2.4.1.2?) it seems there might be a misunderstanding as you seem to think that I somehow doubt, question or deny & reject Jane Kelsey’s personal and/or professional integrity & credibility. Nothing could be further from the truth!

                  I have huge respect for Jane’s razor-sharp intellect that slices through a very complex issue such as TPP and for her stamina, perseverance and resilience. And for her bravery to take a (public) stand that takes a lot of guts. New Zealand needs more people of her calibre to stand up and speak out publically – these people exist but they tend to keep quiet for a number of reasons.

                  For the record, my question was addressed at red-blooded @ 1.1.2 who appeared to question Jane’s ability to do what she’s doing best: criticising and unpacking the TPP. I note that they have chosen not to respond …

              • tracey

                “‘Bill English suggested this morning that the TPPA was “probably” still a good deal without the US. Seriously? The economic modelling the government relied on to sell the TPPA last year had zero credibility and failed to account for the costs. Take the US out of that equation and any attempt to pitch the agreement as having net benefits to New Zealand is risible.’”

                The TPP11 negotiations: ISDS provisions are gone – almost

    • Wayne 1.2

      Good on Labour on doing TPP.

      But there was certainly a lot of spin by Parker this morning on Q & A on the gains that had been made. Virtually everything he was claiming had already been provided for in the ISDS clause.

      As for no future ISDS clauses, well they aren’t really a feature of bilateral trade agreements anyway.

      And he has not said that the NZ government would never agree to an international arbitration clause in a very big investment deal, for say a 30 year development licence of an oilfield.

      By that I mean something like the Maui concession. Normally such deals are drawn up in such a way that successive governments cannot increase licence fees and royalties (except by some agreed formula perhaps tied to the international oil price) or impose new taxes. Investors however have to accept the usual changes to employment law and environmental regulation that occur over the life of a project.

      • tracey 1.2.1

        Best kept secret in analysis of TPP and subsequent… 80% of our gains are with Australia, with whom we already have CER. I was a little surprise Wayne, cos you and other TPP supporters have never pointed this out and have given the impression (maybe not intentionally) that 9 other countries were VERY crucial when in fact we only expect to get inroads against the whole deal, of 20% across 9 nations

        • Jan Rivers 1.2.1.1

          The point about the 80% of investment from TPPA countries coming from Australian (or about 1/2 of the total) is that it represents the stock (or current total) of existing investment and not the annual flows of inward investment which are changing rapidly even without the TPPA being in place.

          New flows can be volatile from year to year. For example according to a KPMG (thought leadership :-)) report that used overseas investment office data showed

          https://assets.kpmg.com/content/dam/kpmg/nz/pdf/November/KPMG-FDI-Thought-Leadership-Web.pdf

          for 2013-15 20% of new investment came from Singapore (a TPPA country) in 2015. It also showed that the flow of Australian FDI accounted for only 12% of the total (not just TPPA) investment in 2013-15 whereas other TPPA affected countries new flows were more than 36% of new (global into NZ not just from TPPA countries) investment

          China (9%) (included by Most favoured nation status)
          Canada 15%
          Singapore (8%).
          Japan’s was 4% ,
          other Asia 4% (includes Korea & other MFN status)
          Other 11% (some MFN status)
          &
          US 17%.

          is coming from countries that would leave NZ vulnerable to ISDS claims. These changes, which can only be expected to increase more rapidly over time, will open NZ to greater and greater ISDS risk. This is important – like a pet for Christmas the gov’t is signing the TPPA for 2030 and 2040 not for now!

          • The Chairman 1.2.1.1.1

            Dead right, Jan. The way Parker framed it (around current investment) was misleading. Investment from other TPP nations will grow once the deal commences.

            Parker was also called out by Laila Harre, who accused Parker of being misleading on TPP (CPTPP) gains (on Q&A yesterday).

            • Jan Rivers 1.2.1.1.1.1

              Thanks.
              The figures I sourced were from a KPMG report containing only Overseas Investment reported data – so just the larger investments. I got daunted by the complexity of it. The Stats NZ information which was fuller is very technical and I’ve asked for help to interpret it. I’ve also read about another issue which is to do with primary and secondary investing countries. Partly this is tax haven country stuff – but I think it also relates to where the banking happens – so Australia may in fact be over-represented when the actual investor is in some other country and could perhaps still mount a claim.

      • tracey 1.2.2

        Wayne you said a few days ago that we needed the ISDS clause because we could not trust courts in some nations? You have also said in your defence of ISDS clause (including at the Fabian event attended by you and Ms Kelsey) that ISDS are standard fair trade clauses. Now you are saying that that are not standard in bilateral deals. Our deals with China etc are bilateral.

        As for your comment about Parker spinning. You are not suggesting that is something on Labour Ministers do I hope. When you say “virtually” everything you must know what is new, so do tell.

        • Wayne 1.2.2.1

          I made my comment because I don’t believe the ISDS clause will have been dramatically changed. But I have not seen the actual changes, any more than anyone else outside the negotiators.

          Perhaps there has been added some expanded explanatory statements to make it clearer that they don’t apply to normal regulatory stuff on health and safety, employment law and environmental regulation. Which was basically already in the TPP.

          As an example of typical changes, around us all single story houses that are being painted have full scaffolding. Adds about $3,000 to a normal house paint job, but will reduce fall accidents.

          • tracey 1.2.2.1.1

            And this is why it would be great if when you made your statements about ISDS or any other clauses you quoted bits, or reffered to them etc. I have NO memory of you make these kibds of statements when people used different examples of potential rsons to sue us. I recall the last example you were given in discussion related tk the environment but you didnt counter with it already being covered.

            Giving us facts, research etc to back statements advances the conversation.

          • tracey 1.2.2.1.2

            So when you said virtually everything was already there you didnt actually know?

          • tracey 1.2.2.1.3

            You were right. I looked at the 2016 document from MFAT this morning and saw the Asutralian ISDS concession was already there, amongst other things. Why didn’t you direct us to it when you made your statement? Or to it when KJT and I ask you for cost/benefit analysis?

            Despite what some think I actually want to get to the bottom of stuff. I do read links that are posted but am wary of just taking people’s statements at face value. Apart from anything else my legal training is too ingrained to do so.

      • As for no future ISDS clauses, well they aren’t really a feature of bilateral trade agreements anyway.

        Well, that would be another lie from you.

        ISDS clauses started off in bi-lateral trade agreements where one of the nations had limited rule of law. They’ve expanded into multi-lateral trade agreements with nations that have very good rule of law and where such clauses have no reason to be.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Investor-state_dispute_settlement

        • tracey 1.2.3.1

          Presumably once signed our Govt will release all the prior analysis showing cost/benefit analysis……. that is what a transparent govt will do.

        • Wayne 1.2.3.2

          Draco,

          I really meant bilaterals between reasonably developed nations. For instance Australia, Singapore, South Korea. So far these tend to be the sort of bilateral that NZ has done. As far as I can recollect there is not in the China FTA, which would have the least independent courts of the nations mentioned above.

          • Draco T Bastard 1.2.3.2.1

            I really meant bilaterals between reasonably developed nations.

            Which really don’t need ISDS provisions because they (usually) have a fairly solid Rule of Law. So, why was this incorporated in the TPPA and, IIRC, the NZ/Korea FTA?

            And I believe that the China FTA promises China Most Favoured Country Status which can be used to retroactively have it applied if China considers that the FTAs we have with other countries which does include an ISDS is better than what they got.

            • tracey 1.2.3.2.1.1

              Apparently the US needed it cos, as Wayne put it last week, some countries have corrupt courts… nothing to do with the 400 corps who have been privvy to all tpp nuances since day one could secure leverage over countries cracking down on their product.

              • KJT

                Some countries. Especially poor third world countries, and cheap commodity exporters, like New Zealand, have to be bullied into making sure their laws favour the wealthy corporations, that are robbing them.

          • tracey 1.2.3.2.2

            You have done a really poor job of making that clear given your knowledge and ability to articulate.

            • KJT 1.2.3.2.2.1

              I wonder why?

              I think we have established that Wayne has no concrete evidence of the “benefits” of “free trade and Globalisation”.

              Surely he would have put up references by now.

              But, as he said “that is not the way we do policy in New Zealand”.

              • tracey

                This is the document which ought to clarify that. It is prepared by MFAT for the Nat Govt. It would need to have been rewritten following the withdrawal of the USA. I cannot find an up-to-date one. Kelsey suggests that one of the main reasons NZ wanted to be in TPP was access to US markets. She suggests with that gone, the cost/benefit analysis would have changed (possibly dramatically?).

                http://www.tpp.mfat.govt.nz/assets/docs/TPP%20National%20Interest%20Analysis.pdf

                This document also shows that parker “misspoke” yesterday by suggesting, or allowing the usggestion, that he and his team had negotiated the Australia exemption to ISDS. This is why it would be so cool if people like Wayne would post this stuff, statements of belief + evidence.

                “There are several aspects of ISDS in TPP that are considered to provide sufficient mitigation to
                balance the advantages and disadvantages of ISDS as acceptable for the New Zealand Government.
                For example:
                 There are safeguards, reservations (non-conforming measures) and exceptions that ensure
                New Zealand retains the ability to regulate for public health, the environment and other
                important regulatory objectives.
                 A specific provision allows the Government to rule out ISDS challenges over tobacco control
                measures. The Government intends to exercise this provision.
                 The investment obligations in TPP have been drafted in a way that would impose a high
                burden of proof on investors to establish that a TPP government had breached obligations
                such as ‘expropriation’ or ‘minimum standard of treatment’.
                 Limiting the types of monetary awards and damages that can be made against the
                Government.
                 Provisions that mean hearings will be open to the public, and which allow tribunals to accept
                submissions from experts and the public.
                 A number of provisions that allow TPP governments to issue binding interpretations on ISDS
                tribunals.
                ISDS provisions would not apply between New Zealand and Australia. This means that threequarters
                of all FDI from TPP countries in New Zealand would not have recourse to ISDS under
                TPP.

                 There are a number of other mitigating features (outlined in detail in this NIA). ”

                Depending on the definition of “provisions” it is good that any ISDS hearing will be public and will accept public submissions. Expensive to appear if not held in NZ. BUT I couldn’t see quickly what “provisions” means in this respect. It suggests some exceptions?

                • There is no new one because it is prepared as part of the process of passing new treaties into place. The last one was done with a very one-eyed perspective and was a very poor quality document in a number of respects.

                  However the lack of ISDS between Australia and NZ was advanced in that original analysis in Jan 2016 (page 16) as a protection against ISDS cases and so I am surprised that it is being announced two years later as a new win when it was already guaranteed by the ‘closer economic relations agreement – ANCERTA.

                  I can’t help but feel the public are being manipulated.

                  I await someone in the MSM making this point but not holding my breath.

                  • tracey

                    BUT surely once it was known that the US was out, a prudent Trade Ministry would set about preparing one that showed the cost/benefit without the USA as a platform from which to continue negotiation? Or a version thereof?

                    That Parker pitched it in a way that made it seem like Labour had won this concession is a worry but not a surprise to me. That the media have not read any documentation on TPP1-11 surprises me even less.

                    Afterall a former Trade Minister who posts here has been repeatedly asked for a cost benefit analysis and could have link those questioning to the above document, but did not.

                    • BUT surely once it was known that the US was out, a prudent Trade Ministry would set about preparing one that showed the cost/benefit without the USA as a platform from which to continue negotiation?

                      Yes, they would have. And a prudent government would have held off signing it until the new analysis had been done.

                      A better government than our last one would have widened the analysis to look at other side effects of that agreement.

                      That Parker pitched it in a way that made it seem like Labour had won this concession is a worry but not a surprise to me. That the media have not read any documentation on TPP1-11 surprises me even less.

                      QFT

                    • KJT

                      A “prudent trade ministry”?

                      Exactly.

                      However I don’t think they really want to know, something they have worked at for decades, is a zombie. Hard to face.

  2. One Anonymous Bloke 2

    regulation relating to taxes or environment or labour laws or public health or did anything with our public schooling system or our public health system

    So what’s missing from that list?

    SOEs.
    Natural resources.
    Infrastructure.
    Intellectual Property.
    Financial instruments.

    And no doubt many many more.

    How narrow this vast open tundra is. I guess we’ll find out in due course.

  3. DH 3

    That’s good work on the ISDS if true. Making them only able to sue in our own courts removes most of the issues I had with it. The corollary to that is they can only sue our Govt on the same grounds an NZ investor can sue…. that needs clarifying IMO.

    If this lot could get that concession so quickly and easily it casts doubts on the motives of National who agreed to the original deal which was so unfavorable to NZ.

    • Bill 3.1

      So there is no ISDS with one country (Australia) that will, if things go to plan, account for less and less of NZs trade. Okay.

      Parker says the government can do what it wants with the public health system. But when that impinges on some foreign owned business interest of the private health sector, what then?

      New Zealand (as before) has the right to legislate in the public interest. But who decides what’s in the public interest and what’s not?

      620 000 jobs depend on exports? Why have we created such a stupid scenario and why would we want to drive that dependency deeper?

      In short. When Parker says “We’re just committed to standing up for what’s best for NZ” (in the audio of the link), just what is this NZ he’s talking about?

      Is it the same thing we think of or sense when we use the term? I think not.

      His New Zealand is nothing much beyond economic spread sheet. Which, to be fair, if he’s being true to Liberal ideology, is all NZ need be – a spread sheet from which all good things naturally flow.

      • DH 3.1.1

        Yeah it comes back to what I said about them only being able to sue on the same grounds an NZ investor can sue Bill.

        The Crown has sovereign power over NZ citizens so it would follow that overseas investors would be subject to the same conditions here if they’re not being given any favorable treatment in NZ courts under the new format. If…

        I’m also not making a lot of sense though. If they can only do what they’re already able to do then what is ISDS?

        • Bill 3.1.1.1

          Only Australia has foregone the ISDS process. Individuals (no matter their nationality) never had access to the ISDS process.

          That aside, I get the impression that Parker is being very careful in how he’s couching stuff.

      • tracey 3.1.2

        Have I misunderstood cos I read Parker as saying 80% of NZ’s gains from this agreement are with Australia?

        • Bill 3.1.2.1

          80% of NZ’s trade is with Australia. NZ and Australia have agreed to forego use of the ISDS when dealing with one another. That’s it.

          • tracey 3.1.2.1.1

            Ah, I see. A nation that has no history of suing us (or others?) in order to stop us implementing health and other policies is not going to be able to sue us. …

        • DH 3.1.2.2

          I don’t think so. My reading of it is Parker is saying that 80% of the expected investment from TPP members will be from Australia and since they negotiated a side deal with Aus that had no ISDS provisions 80% of TPP investment won’t be subject to ISDS clauses.

          IMO it’s fluff and unworthy of him.

      • Et Tu Brute 3.1.3

        Naturally I can only go off the previous agreement text, and not what’s been changed post-Trump. But the public interest agreement had a number of conditions. From memory:
        a. be in good faith.
        b. give time for public feedback before passing the law.
        c. once the law is passed, give a clear day in the future for it to start.
        New Zealand won’t have a problem with these conditions. Sometimes I think we read things that are someone else’s mail. Essentially it is committing all member countries to clear and open legislative practice, which is only a good thing. In terms of public public, companies can only launch a claim if a) no notice was given, b) there was no ability to give feedback to the government, c) it was rushed through. Now some things could clash with this if done under urgency, but we should be mindful anyway that legislation under urgency isn’t best practice anyway.

        • tracey 3.1.3.1

          BUT you could issue proceedings, or threaten to issue proceedings ont he basis that has not happened and suck up some chunk of taxpayer change defending it… or the potential cost of defending makes n executive take that into account behind closed doors when deciding what policy/legislation to float? let’s be honest the kinds of companies that would try to sue would have direct access to the 9th floor anyway? Just thinking out loud.

      • 620 000 jobs depend on exports? Why have we created such a stupid scenario and why would we want to drive that dependency deeper?

        Because our productivity is so high that, even if we produced everything we needed, there still wouldn’t be enough work for everyone of working age to work 40 hour weeks.

        In other words, it’s a way to hide the failure of the present system and blame the victims of it.

        When Parker says “We’re just committed to standing up for what’s best for NZ” (in the audio of the link), just what is this NZ he’s talking about?

        He’s either lying or really that stupid. Free-trade is probably a good idea but FTAs don’t provide that. If they did then they wouldn’t need any ISDS clauses to force government to consider foreign shareholders.

        • Bill 3.1.4.1

          Because our productivity is so high that, even if we produced everything we needed, there still wouldn’t be enough work for everyone of working age to work 40 hour weeks.

          Ah! So we’d have less time spent in jobs, more time spent working on other fronts or spent with family, friends, general whatever…and have more than enough ‘creature comforts’ to go round.

          I’m thinking that was the fear expressed by the elite and powerful just before we all got sold on “fashion” – this year’s, next year’s last best thing – and other forms of inbuilt obsolescence 😉

          • Draco T Bastard 3.1.4.1.1

            Ah! So we’d have less time spent in jobs, more time spent working on other fronts or spent with family, friends, general whatever…

            And politics, IIRC, was the actual stated fear.

            In other words, people with more time on their hands would take an interest in politics and vote. The rich and the political class didn’t want that.

      • Wayne 3.1.5

        Bill

        NZ has always had that scenario. For 150 years we have sent our primary produce overseas and used the money to import stuff that we could not possibly make.

        For a fully self contained advanced economy there has to be about 500 million people. For instance North America or Europe or East Asia. But none of these places are fully self sufficient. They trade with each other in part for choice and in part because one or other place produces things more efficiently, or is better in a specific category.

        For instance the best cars are German. For the most advanced and complex things such as large civil aircraft there are only two global manufacturers. East Asia (including Russia) does not produce such aircraft, though Japan produces a large part of the Boeing 787.

        So what hope does NZ have of being self sufficient in the modern world?

        • tracey 3.1.5.1

          Best cars are Toyota.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1.5.1.1

            Wayne means BMW make the best car he ever travelled in as Minister and/or law commissioner, apart from ‘private’ meetings with people from Cabinet Club.

        • Bill 3.1.5.2

          NZ has always been export orientated? Really!?

          I mean, you do understand the difference between exporting stuff and relying – like a religious obsession – on exports and “niche markets” and “comparative advantage” for economic growth . Of course you do!

          The west had to force that shit on the global south via SAPs. I’m sure you know that too. And then idiotic western politicians caved to business elites in the 70s and 80s and, essentially applied SAPs on their own populations (ie, 19thC Liberalism re-packaged and shipped out as neo-liberalism .) As you know.

          And I’ve no idea where you get the figure of 500 million from.

          Nor where you get the idea (implied) that I’m anti-trade…or the notion that I’ve argued “self sufficiency”.

          • Wayne 3.1.5.2.1

            The figure of 500 million people comes from looking at the great economic clusters in the world. The three regions (North America, Europe and East Asia) are the only 3 places where modern economies make virtually everything they need within that region.

            Maybe they could be smaller, but not much. For instance Japan and Russia do not make everything. Neither make large commercial aircraft and in particular large fan engines for 787 size aircraft. And Russia, when it was the Soviet Union, could not produce anything like the variety and quality of goods as the west. In part because it was too small, but also because it was communist, without a free market driven by consumer choice.

            Australia with over 25 million people does not nearly manufacture everything. In fact they have stopped making cars – not competitive or good enough.

            So NZ relies on exports to buy just about all advanced goods. And that has been true since 1820!

            • Bill 3.1.5.2.1.1

              Christ on a bike Wayne!

              So okay, if you live in Belgium and want pepper, then your going to have to buy imported stuff. But that’s got nothing to do with an ideology that promotes export orientated production and manufacturing above all else – to the extent that societies, their infrastructures and populations can be seen as expendable ‘add-ons’ to be trashed for the sake of satisfying or perfecting the reification of said ideological nonsense.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 3.2

      Making them only able to sue in our own courts removes most of the issues I had with it.

      Depends on what grounds they can go to the kangaroo courts instead. I have no problem with companies having recourse to the law, but “there are some narrower areas where they could still make a complaint under these ISDS clauses…”

      “Narrower” like for example legislating genuine public services back into existence?

  4. ankerawshark 4

    100% in agreement DH

  5. Bill 5

    Bottom line is that an ideological obsession on export orientated economic activity ends badly.

    Remember back in ’80 whatever, when this export ed growth crap started to bite?

    Where are the domestic shoe manufacturers now? Or the clothes manufacturers? What about the appliance manufacturers?

    So companies big enough to re-locate off-shore, re-located off-shore, and the others went under given the comparative disadvantage occasioned by them paying higher wages, or offering better conditions, or making higher quality products….

    And the working class is no longer working. Highly paid secure employment being replaced by casual insecure and low paid shit isn’t “working” – according to a number of definitions you might want to apply to the term.

    So the increasingly poor working class got to buy cheap shit from some parallel importer (or whatever) that was made under conditions generations fought to overcome. (And said purchase quite literally, and increasingly, falls apart in ‘no time’ as manufacturers seek advantage by using cheaper raw materials in a more ‘level playing field’ of wages and conditions.

    Meanwhile, governments have to top up sinking incomes from reduced tax takes via employer subsidies (eg – wff), that in turn chain workers to, often, some crap service sector job, because that’s more or less all that’s left now, while “the dole” demands you hone your dishonesty in a bid to survive….

    And it’s all deliberately underpinned and driven by such things as optimum unemployment rates (flexible work force) and fiscal fucking responsibility (austerity).

    No ISDS with Australia? That’s good? Export markets? Sell stuff to Japan? Fuck off!

    People are paying huge interest rates on cars they can’t afford but are forced to buy because they’ve got to live in something. Public services are tanking (have tanked). People are dying and far too many are suffering – and all precisely because of this ideological bullshit that NZ Labour blindly promotes as a route to a “more caring” NZ.

  6. millsy 6

    The government didn’t really have much of a choice here. This was more or less done under duress.

    • The Chairman 6.1

      They had (and still have) the choice of walking away from it if they couldn’t/can’t fully secure what they wanted.

  7. Richard Christie 7

    According to J Kelsey, some of the most toxic ISDS provisions haven’t been removed, only suspended.

    I.e. our cup of ISDS poison has merely been postponed.

    • tracey 7.1

      According to Wayne “virtually everything” was already there, so whatever Kelsey’s analysis of ISDS before Parker’s announcement remains the case.

      I had hoped the labour Govt would stick to its chest beating 5 bottom lines… maybe they have through smoke and mirrors.

  8. The decrypter 8

    Now I’m all at sea -don’t know whether to be content or depressed. Possibly a good sign so far is a lack of trolls poking their snouts in and grunting with glee.

  9. The decrypter 9

    “Weh mir,-as instructed.

  10. Whispering Kate 10

    I have this feeling that the 3 way coalition is going to get a bit rocky. The bed will be too small for the 3 of them, I cannot see the Greens being very happy about being signed up for this deal. Winston is only known to himself. To me I think this deal was done and signed long before they went over to nut out the last of the things bothering them. How many Labour voters were and are still dead against this TPPA deal and how many will feel betrayed by Jacinda Adhern going ahead with it anyway. Just more of the same, I am glad I voted for the Greens as I didn’t and don’t trust Labour as far as I could kick them.

    • tracey 10.1

      I suspect the Greens knew this was coming. Like you I voted Green because I want proof the Labour Party has changed before I consider going back there. I know many who voted for them believing they were going to return to closer to Mickey Savage days than they have been. I also know a few have been sending me WTF messages over TPP. I am not saying I told you so, cos I love them… but I have more holes in my tongue than a colander! 😉

    • bwaghorn 10.2

      most non green voters wear big boy /girl pants and know that you have to be part of the world , not living in wish land

      • Apparently, your big boys/girls think that they should also be lied to and screwed over at the behest of the rich as well.

        BTW, The Greens are all about having fair trade and engaging with the world in a holistic fashion. Which would mean that your assertion was either from ignorance or that you were lying.

      • tracey 10.2.2

        Did you vote Green? If yes, on what basis do you purport to speak for all Green voters

    • ankerawshark 10.3

      I note the Greens are not stating that they are unhappy about where Ardern and Parker have got with the TTP…………and I don’t think they will. The will most likely be pragmatic and suck it up. They will know that there are too many other gains they will get from going along with what has been agreed.

      I could be wrong. But if I am not, that means the Greens are being pragmatic the same way Labour is.

      • There is nothing pragmatic (in the actual meaning of the word) about the TPPA.

      • Incognito 10.3.2

        The will most likely be pragmatic and suck it up.

        They may be polite, diplomatic, or stoic, etc.

        I could be wrong. But if I am not, that means the Greens are being pragmatic the same way Labour is.

        I hope and think you’re wrong 😉

        The word “pragmatic” is possibly the most abused and worst understood word in NZ politics. It invokes an illusionary positive quality of conducting politics and decision-making that’s often spoken within the same breath as logical, rational, and common sense. Its function & value are largely rhetorical.

      • The Chairman 10.3.3

        “I note the Greens are not stating that they are unhappy about where Ardern and Parker have got with the TTP…………and I don’t think they will. The will most likely be pragmatic and suck it up.”

        Seeing as the Greens are in a position (outside of Cabinet) to speak up, not speaking up could come back to haunt them come next election.

        A number are expecting them too (speak up) thus will be disappointed at best.

      • tracey 10.3.4

        Except Green party is not at APEC, not in a negotiating team, not in cabinet. In themeantime Peters, representing NZ and those who voted for him was at APEC and has not said a word despite being against TPP (NZF anyway)

    • Louie 10.4

      betrayed? Labour always said they were against the TPP in its “current form” and would renegotiate it. Isn’t that what they are doing?

      • The Chairman 10.4.1

        Yes. But they also had bottom lines that haven’t been fully met. Hence, there will be feelings of betrayal.

        • Louie 10.4.1.1

          But isn’t it something like 4.5 out of 5 that have been met? Is there a possibility that more negotiations will come? It hasn’t been signed yet.

          • tracey 10.4.1.1.1

            Are the 4.5 amongst these Louie?

            “For example:
             There are safeguards, reservations (non-conforming measures) and exceptions that ensure New Zealand retains the ability to regulate for public health, the environment and other important regulatory objectives.
             A specific provision allows the Government to rule out ISDS challenges over tobacco control measures. The Government intends to exercise this provision.
             The investment obligations in TPP have been drafted in a way that would impose a high burden of proof on investors to establish that a TPP government had breached obligations such as ‘expropriation’ or ‘minimum standard of treatment’.
             Limiting the types of monetary awards and damages that can be made against the Government.
             Provisions that mean hearings will be open to the public, and which allow tribunals to accept submissions from experts and the public.
             A number of provisions that allow TPP governments to issue binding interpretations on ISDS tribunals.
             ISDS provisions would not apply between New Zealand and Australia. This means that threequarters of all FDI from TPP countries in New Zealand would not have recourse to ISDS under TPP.
             There are a number of other mitigating features

          • The Chairman 10.4.1.1.2

            “But isn’t it something like 4.5 out of 5 that have been met?”

            That’s how they are spinning it. Yet, Parker is claiming gains that were already in the deal.

            Moreover, 4 and a half out of 5 wasn’t what they campaigned on, thus the feeling of betrayal.

            Additionally, they reached an agreement, though Canada failed to show, thus it wasn’t signed.

            While there may be more negotiations to come, that is nether here nor there at this stage as people feel betrayed now.

            Labour have gone from potentially walking away from the deal (if they didn’t secure what they wanted) to now (after being elected) being reported as being an active proponent of the deal.

            So course, there is a feeling of betrayal.

            • Louie 10.4.1.1.2.1

              But Labour never said they would walk away.

              • The Chairman

                Are you implying that although they had bottom lines, Labour were misleading the NZ public from the get go and never had any intention of walking away?

                • Louie

                  No. All Im just saying is that Labour never said they would walk away from it and always maintained the intention of renegotiating it.

                  • tracey

                    So what did bottom line mean? I took it to mean if those 5 things were not conceded they would not sign. Can you look at the list I posted above and tell me if it ticks off the 4.5 things you say have been ticked off now?

                  • The Chairman

                    While their main intention was to renegotiate, if they failed to successfully renegotiate the deal, it implied they would walk away.

    • The Chairman 10.5

      @ Whispering Kate

      The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) is still opposed to the Trans Pacific Partnership, despite the government claiming significant wins at the talks at APEC.

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/343643/tpp-critics-unmoved-by-new-negotiation-wins

      Yes, a number will feel betrayed (once again) by Labour.

      Like you I also voted Green. Yet, like their silence on core benefit increases since after the election, I’ve yet to hear them speak out against Labour’s TPP positioning.

      Have you heard anything from them (the Greens)?

  11. J 11

    I would request the new government to seek Jane Kelsey’s advice on the progressive tpp, or whatever it is now called, if they want both sides of the issue.

    That is what ‘listening to all New Zealanders’ is about.

    ‘All New Zealanders’ includes business interests as well as individuals on a benefit, on low wages, homemakers on no personal income, unions, monied interests.

    That is what we need to remember.

    More importantly, however, is that the government MUST heed the FACT that lobbyists are essentially business and monied interests so government MPs have to get off their backsides and seek out those that don’t have the time or money to lobby them.

    As an individual, Professor Jane Kelsey speaks for so many of us, and MUST be taken into the government’s confidence, even if it causes them to rethink their plans.

    BUT,

    what we also need to remember is that the creatures that now slime over the benches of opposition have a lot of money and a lot of external monied interests seeking to wreak havoc on anything that the new coalition decides that may disadvantage those creatures in some way.

    So, be careful what you wish for. It may be another greedy national party getting back into power on your backs.

  12. Sparky 12

    No I do not believe it will be enough based on everything I have read and anecdotal evidence from other similar deals such as NAFTA. The only thing that will be enough is to drive a stake through this monster of a trade deals black heart and walk away.

    • tracey 12.1

      Well it is going through Select Committee and apparently public submissions.

      • J 12.1.1

        Xlnt news
        Something the nats ignored. I’m looking 4wd to seeing the nats filibustering on that.

      • Molly 12.1.2

        Attended the previous submissions and watched David Shearer almost yawn during a submission about ISDS. Then watched the whole committee perk up during an out and out presentation full of nothing but hot air from the NZ Business Forum (or a similarly named association).

        I have little faith in sincere consultation when the words they have used so far are intentionally vague.

  13. RedBaronCV 13

    Okay so now we are in a position to repeal all that legislation that was shoved through parliament by Nact after the last TPP round they were in, despite the USA falling out, legislation that was rumoured to be written by the US??

    If we are not in a position to repeal all that then maybe nothing much has actually changed.

    Parker – looking to be the Tony Blair of NZ? – a third way labourite.

    And what exactly are the trade advantages???

  14. tracey 14

    ““We need a decent free trade deal with Japan. New Zealand First is all for free trade deals that benefit us, but going through the TPPA is not the best approach.

    “By all means negotiate with Japan, but not with rose-tinted glasses so you can tick off a deal, but come away the loser.

    “The TPPA was not a free trade deal, but an international corporate protection racket, covering a wide range of laws which challenged our national sovereignty, giving legal preference in a court not of New Zealand’s choosing. That’s just to highlight just some of its defects,” says Mr Peters.”

    http://www.nzfirst.org.nz/nz_foolish_to_sign_up_to_dead_tppa_with_japan

  15. Philg 15

    Yes folks, the tppa is gone, almost! Our pregnancy has gone almost. Lol. Parker is over acting and we are repeatedly told by the new guv that ‘it’s not perfect’. Fresh gloss on same poo.

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    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Covid mandates, and the Covid pill
    The cliché about “living with Covid” will not mean life as we’ve known it, Jim. Vaccination is fast becoming a condition of employment, and also a requirement to participate in aspects of social life, such as travel, attending bars, cafes, and concerts etc. These protective measures enjoy a high level ...
    4 days ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 12 October 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Prof Alan Bollard, Professor of Practice at the School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington; Chair of the Infrastructure Commission: “NZ Politics Daily” provides a great public service – a quick and unbiased way to check policy announcements and analysis every morning.” Anyone can sign up to NZPD ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • Legal Beagle: A submission on the COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Bill (No 2)
    I have made a submission on the COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Bill (No 2).In preparing it, I looked at the Hansard for the first reading debate, and got name-dropped as someone likely to make a submission. So, of course I did. I focus on a small bit of the ...
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: More tales from the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme
    You may have read last week that two years after the publication of regulations for medicinal cannabis – and three years after the enabling legislation – two local products from a local manufacturer have finally met the minimum quality standards for prescription. You may also be interested to know that ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Real action requires government
    Over the weekend someone pointed me at a journal article on "The Poverty of Theory: Public Problems, Instrument Choice, and the Climate Emergency". Its a US law journal article, so is a) very long; and b) half footnotes (different disciplines have different norms), but the core idea is that the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Not doing our bit
    Last month the US and EU announced they would push an agreement to cut methane emissions by 30% (from 2020 levels) by 2030 at the upcoming climate change conference in Glasgow. The good news is that New Zealand is looking at joining it. The bad news is that that won't ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Delta’s Week Of Doom.
    Classic Shot: Are the Prime Minister’s formidable communication skills equal to the task of getting her government’s anti-Covid campaign back on track?IF JACINDA ARDERN thought last week was bad, the week ahead promises to be even worse. Sixty community cases of Covid-19, one of the highest daily totals so far ...
    5 days ago
  • Urgent measures needed to allow the safe re-opening of Auckland schools
    Dr Rachel Webb, Dr Jin Russell, Dr Pip Anderson, Dr Emma Best, Dr Alison Leversha and Dr Subha Rajanaidu* In this blog we describe the range of urgent measures that are needed to facilitate a safe return to schools in Auckland and other regions of the country where there is ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Children live online more than ever – we need better definitions of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ scree...
    Kathryn MacCallum, University of Canterbury and Cheryl Brown, University of Canterbury   The pandemic has fundamentally altered every part of our lives, not least the time we spend on digital devices. For young people in particular, the blurred line between recreational and educational screen time presents new challenges we are ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Putting Aotearoa on the map: New Zealand has changed its name before, why not again?
    Claire Breen, University of Waikato; Alexander Gillespie, University of Waikato; Robert Joseph, University of Waikato, and Valmaine Toki, University of Waikato   Our names are a critical part of our identity. They are a personal and social anchor tying us to our families, our culture, our history and place in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Speaker: Yes, of course festival organisers will follow the law on vaccination
    On Tuesday 5 October the New Zealand Government announced that proof of COVID-19 vaccination would be a requirement to attend large events this summer.It took a few days for event owners to absorb the information and understand the implications. By the end of the working week, most of the big ...
    5 days ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 11 October 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Jim Hubbard, Cartoonist “NZ Politics daily is a go to for cartoonists, or should be.  Political reporting enmasse like this gives cartoonists and political junkies a smorgasbord to get their teeth into. Essential and I daresay vital reading for those who care about the future of NZ.” Anyone can sign ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    5 days ago
  • 2021 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #41
    Listing of articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, October 3, 2021 through Sat, October 9, 2021 The following articles sparked above average interest during the week: VFX Artist Reveals how Many Solar Panels are Needed to Power the ENTIRE World, Will you fall ...
    6 days ago
  • The Night of Parmenides: accepted
    A bit of good news on the writing front. My 3900-word short story, The Night of Parmenides, has been accepted by SpecFicNZ for their upcoming Aftermath anthology, to be published in early 2022. This is my first published short story to be explicitly set in my home-town of ...
    6 days ago
  • The Virus, the Politician, and the gang member
    . . . . . References Newshub Nation: Gang leader Harry Tam denies Winston Peters’ claims he helped infected woman breach COVID boundary, sparking Northland lockdown Te Ao News: ‘Apologise!’ Mob leader slams Peters’ Covid, Northland allegations Stuff media: Covid-19 – Search for contact of Northland case ‘extraordinarily frustrating’ CNBC: ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Rapid kits, responses, and openings: watch motivations, or catch something worse with Covid…
    Last week was probably a high point for many armchair “experts”, fresh from their high after some deep inhaling of the various musings and fumings, of an actually very smug, and very insualted John “Things all work for me…” Key, former Prime Minister and FOREX trader, had blitzed the ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    7 days ago
  • Bollocks
    It would appear we have an unwelcome presence in town.Positive wastewater results had been detected in Hamilton and Palmerston North on October 6 and 7. There are 26 cases in hospital, seven of these are in ICU or high dependency units (HDU).One of the people in hospital is in Palmerston ...
    1 week ago
  • World-leading?
    So, the Herald has found someone, as we can see from today’s issue, who is able to explain why we should not claim to have been “world-leading” in our response to the covid epidemic. It seems that we have been kidding ourselves when we celebrated our low total number of ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Why Is Labour So Frightened Of “Mr Stick”?
    Force Multiplier: Why are Ardern and her ministers so loathe to put a bit of stick about? The “emergency” legislation eventually enacted to authorise the measures needed to combat the Covid-19 pandemic failed to confer upon the New Zealand Government the unequivocal authority that subsequent events showed to be so ...
    1 week ago
  • The Need for an Updated Strategic Approach to Covid-19 Control in Aotearoa NZ
    Prof Nick Wilson, Dr Jennifer Summers, Prof Michael Baker* The NZ Government appears to have drifted into an unclear strategic approach to Covid-19 control. In this blog we outline one potential way forward: a regional strategic approach that considers “regional suppression” and “regional elimination”. To maximise the success of this ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Mairon: The Actual Source for the Blasted Name
    Long-time Tolkien geeks – or those bemused enough to run across a certain internet phenomenon – might know that ‘Sauron’ is not actually the real name of the Lord of the Ring. ‘Sauron’ is just an abusive Elvish nickname, meaning ‘the Abhorred.’ Sauron’s actual name, at least originally, ...
    1 week ago
  • Forced Re-entry
    The elimination of Covid strategy is not so much defeated but changing circumstances means that policy has to evolve. Our elimination stance was never sustainable or at least it would not be until the rest of the world also eliminated Covid-19. Elimination of the virus was a strategy we adopted ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Repeal this unjust law
    Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled on National's unjust "three strikes" law, and found that the sentence it required was (in the case in question) so disproportionate as to "shock the conscience" and violate the Bill of Rights Act ban on disproportionately severe treatment or punishment: The Supreme Court has ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Preparing for the flood
    The Christchurch City Council has published new "coastal hazards" data, indicating which places are under threat from sea-level rise. And its not good news: Parts of Christchurch and Banks Peninsula are likely to become unhabitable [sic] as the city council figures out how to adapt to sea level ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Virus, Not The Government
    I wonder if Mike Hosking ever reads the paper in which he appears so regularly? If he does, he might have noticed a report in today’s Herald about the problem that could face churches in Auckland if a vaccine passport becomes mandatory for those wishing to attend church services. The ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 8 October 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Bill Ralston, Media consultant and columnist: “NZ Politics Daily provides an invaluable service for journalists, politicians, businesspeople, decision makers and the public at large by providing an easily accessible, exhaustive, link to every significant political story in the country’s media that day. It’s a gem of a service ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Open letter to Michael Barnett, Julie White, et al
    . . Congratulations,  Mr Barnett, Ms White, and your business colleagues. It appears that we will end up having to “live” (ie, get sick, end up in hospital, perhaps in ICU, intubated on ventilators, and possibly dying as our lungs fail) with covid19. But at least businesses will open up. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Introducing Mr Stick.
    MR STICK: You media types think the people of this country have changed, but you’re wrong. We’re the same tough bastards we’ve always been. Put a bit of stick about – and listen to us cheer!JOSEPHINE MUCH-ADOO: Kia ora, everyone, and welcome to “Introducing”. Today we are very pleased to ...
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #40, 2021
    "Old" research There's little point in trying to best this excellent article describing the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics by Ars Technica authors Jennifer Ouelette and John Timmer, each having a gift for concisely on-target, accessible science journalism. Here at New Research we'll punt and quote the The Royal Swedish Academy of ...
    1 week ago
  • Standing on one leg is a sign of good health – and practising is good for you too
    Dawn Skelton, Glasgow Caledonian University Research shows that people’s ability to stand on one leg is an indicator of health and that getting better at standing on one leg can add to fitness and potentially lifespan. Being able to stand on one leg is linked to increased levels of physical ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: More dishonesty over the CCR
    Last month the Emissions Trading Scheme turned into a farce, when the government flooded the market with credits in a failed and wasteful attempt to Keep Carbon Prices Low. When I asked about the background of this policy Climate Change Minister James Shaw sent me one of the most egregious ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Schrödinger’s Wraith: The Status of the Witch-King of Angmar, 15th-25th March, T.A. 3019.
    My recent re-read of The Lord of the Rings reminded me of one of the vaguer head-scratchers in Tolkien. The status of the Witch-King of Angmar between his death at the Battle of Pelennor Fields and the Destruction of the One Ring ten days later… was he, in the ...
    1 week ago
  • How rainbow colour maps can distort data and be misleading
    Philip Heron, University of Toronto; Fabio Crameri, University of Oslo, and Grace Shephard, University of Oslo   The choice of colour to represent information in scientific images is a fundamental part of communicating findings. However, a number of colour palettes that are widely used to display critical scientific results are ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Korea’s march to global cultural domination, plus a K-pop playlist
    So far, South Korea’s culture industries seem to be pandemic proof. They’re also winning huge global audiences, and not merely large domestic ones. In recent years, South Korea’s TV series (Squid Game, Descendants of The Sun) and movies ( Parasite, Oldboy, The Handmaiden) have become global hits. However, it has ...
    1 week ago
  • In a lockdown, where does work end and parenting begin? Welcome to the brave new world of ‘zigzag...
    Candice Harris, Auckland University of Technology and Jarrod Haar, Auckland University of Technology   All parents work. The difference lies in the breakdown between their paid and unpaid workloads. That equation is influenced by many things, including education, qualifications, age, ethnicity, financial status, number and age of dependants, gendered and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Using Rapid Antigen Tests to Improve COVID-19 Control in Aotearoa NZ
    Figure 1: Rapid Antigen Test kit given out freely from the NHS in the UK Dr Jennifer Summers, Assoc Prof James Ussher, Assoc Prof Nikki Moreland, Dr Leah Grout, Prof Nick Wilson, Prof Michael Baker* Most COVID-19 testing aims to identify infected people. To date, Aotearoa NZ has relied almost ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 7 October 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Dr Liz Gordon, Former MP, researcher and blogger I just hate NZ Politics Daily. I get settled in to do a good day’s work and ZAP, it arrives in my inbox like a little shiny gift.  I try to ignore it but my cursor creeps inexorably towards the ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup – Will electoral and political finance law reform succeed this ti...
    It’s welcome news that the Government has announced this week that they intend to improve how elections work in this country, including fixing the political finance rules. Justice Minister Kris Faafoi has announced that major reforms will be investigated in the areas of political donation rules, promising changes that will ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Will Jacinda Stand? Or, Has She Already Fallen?
    Free Falling? New Zealanders needed to hear Jacinda take a firm line on vaccination, issuing stern warnings to those who declared their intention to refuse. Kiwis just weren’t in the mood to let lockdown evaders and anti-vaxxers free ride on their good citizenship. Google’s IT wizards confirmed that Kiwis were, overwhelmingly, ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The CCR was a huge waste of money II
    Last month, in the wake of the September carbon auction, I talked about how the government's policy of flooding the market with a "cost containment reserve" of an extra 7 million tons of pollution in an effort to keep carbon costs low was a huge waste of money. Ministry for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Celebrating Women in Space
    Beautiful, Inspiring, Mysterious!  How do you describe space?  What do you think when you look up at the stars?  The United Nations General Assembly certainly knew how beautiful, inspiring, mysterious, and important space is when they designated a week to be World Space Week.  That’s this week, and the theme for this year is ...
    SciBlogsBy John Pickering
    1 week ago
  • COVID Clusterfuck
    Well it has been fun living in the safest country in the world for a year and a half, but a combination of cynical politics from the right, and dithering incompetence from the left, and selfish sociopathy or ignorance on the part of the population , means New Zealand is ...
    1 week ago
  • Unsurprising
    Former rugby league star Manu Vatuvei has admitted importing methamphetamine. The Warriors icon was charged in December 2019 with possessing methamphetamine for supply and importing the Class A drug. He previously denied the charges and earlier this year said he would “fight for his innocence” after he outed himself as the sportsman ...
    1 week ago
  • Bond, Wokeness and Representations in Cinema
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh The latest James Bond film has come out.  It is apparently to be Daniel Craig’s last incarnation as the Spy Who Loved Me, or raped me as some have pointed out.  There has been much discussion about how woke the new James Bond is and how ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The Virus, the Bubble, and the Trap
    . . . . . References National Party: Open the Trans Tasman Bubble Now (archived) Twitter: National Party – Sign the Trans Tasman bubble petition Twitter: Judith Collins – Sign the Trans Tasman bubble petition RNZ: Tourism New Zealand forecasting billion-dollar economy boost if trans-Tasman bubble opens Stuff media: Crack ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Not keeping their promises
    One of the big steps forward in climate change policy was when cabinet started demanding climate change assessments of policy, so when they built that road or changed energy or farm policy, they'd know what they were doing and be able to make an informed decision (and if not, one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A useful ruling
    As readers may be aware, I (and everyone else) have been having a growing problem with OIA extensions for "consultations". They're being used by agencies to juke the stats, scam extra time, and cover up administrative failure. So I've taken up complaining about them. And last night, I got a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago

  • New Zealand Ambassador to France announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Caroline Bilkey as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to France and the OECD. “Aotearoa New Zealand and France have a shared history, and enjoy a strong, collaborative partnership. This includes a strong trade and economic relationship, a shared commitment to support ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt welcomes nurses’ pay settlement
    The Government is welcoming news that a new employment agreement for nurses working in public hospitals has been settled. “I am very pleased that the hard work of the Nurses Organisation and District Health Boards has led to a settlement that both can support,” Health Minister Andrew Little said today. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Judge of the High Court appointed
    Māori Land Court Judge Layne Harvey has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Harvey graduated with an LLB from the University of Auckland in 1992 and commenced employment as a law clerk with Simpson Grierson in Auckland that same year. In 1997 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on plan to reduce waste
    New Zealanders are invited to have their say on proposals for a new waste strategy and options for new waste legislation. “Reducing waste is one of the issues all New Zealanders – especially younger Kiwis - care deeply about,” Environment Minister David Parker said today “New Zealand is one of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Next steps in action plan for indigenous rights kicks off
    Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson has today meet with more than 30 national Māori organisations in an online hui, kicking off the process to develop a plan for New Zealand to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration). The previous National Government signed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Iwi-led housing solutions build homes for the future
    Whai Kāinga, Whai Oranga will open on 20 October, to receive applications for investment through Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and Te Puni Kōkiri The $730m fund combines investment from Budget 2021 ($380m) and the Māori Infrastructure Fund ($350m) - the largest investment seen ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • E whakarite ana Te Kāwanatanga i ngā tūāpapa mō twhakamaumahara ki Te Petihana Reo Māori ka t...
    I te rā nei, i pānuihia e te Minita mō Manatū Taonga, ko Carmel Sepuloni, rāua ko te Minita Whanaketanga Māori, ko Willie Jackson, ā tērā tau, ka whakanuia rawatia te 50 o ngā tau mai i te whakatakotoranga o te petihana mō te Reo Māori me te huanga mai ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • E whakarite ana Te Kāwanatanga i ngā tūāpapa mō tewhakamaumahara ki Te Petihana Reo Māori ka t...
    I te rā nei, i pānuihia e te Minita mō Manatū Taonga, ko Carmel Sepuloni, rāua ko te Minita Whanaketanga Māori, ko Willie Jackson, ā tērā tau, ka whakanuia rawatia te 50 o ngā tau mai i te whakatakotoranga o te petihana mō te Reo Māori me te huanga mai ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government green lights rapid antigen testing
    Some of the country’s largest businesses have put in an order for 300,000 approved rapid antigen tests for their workforce, after working at pace with the Government on a new scheme unveiled by Associate Minister of Health and Research, Science and Innovation Ayesha Verrall. A coalition of around 25 businesses ...
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    2 days ago
  • Government lays foundations as Māori Language Petition commemorations take shape for 2022
    Taiaha hā! Taiaha hā! - Te kairangi o te reo hoki mai ki taku tikanga, ki taku taumata, ki taku reo, ki taku ao. He reo whai tikanga, he reo whai mana, he reo whai tangata koe. Ki te whāngaihia te reo Māori he ao tēnā, ki te kore he ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major contract awarded to power NZ Battery investigation
    A consortium of specialist firms has been awarded a major contract to advance the New Zealand Battery Project’s feasibility investigation into a pumped hydro storage scheme at Lake Onslow, the Minister of Energy and Resources Megan Woods has announced. “This contract represents a major milestone as it begins the targeted ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Additional Funding for Foodbanks and Social Agencies
    The Government has approved $13.55m from the Covid Response and Recovery Fund to support foodbanks and social sector agencies, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has announced. “Foodbanks and social agencies across Auckland are doing a great job supporting their communities and the Government is today providing them with more ...
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    3 days ago
  • Generating a new generation of guardians
    The Government is supporting a Whakatōhea-led project undertaking landscape scale restoration in forests and around vulnerable rivers within the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan says. “The Whakatōhea Tiaki Taiao project will employ four people to undertake pest and weed control, ecosystem restoration and monitoring over three ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Parts of Waikato, Northland staying at Alert Level 3
    The parts of Waikato that have been in Alert Level 3 and Northland will remain in Alert Level 3 for a few more days, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Auckland remains at Alert Level 3, Step 1. “Based on the latest public health information, ministers have decided that ...
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    3 days ago
  • New courthouses for Tauranga and Whanganui
    The Government is moving ahead with new courthouses in Tauranga and Whanganui, which the Justice Minister says provide an opportunity to redesign court facilities that help put victims at the heart of the justice system. “These courthouses are part of the 10-year infrastructure investment plan to restore and modernise Ministry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech on the launch of the consultation on the development of the Emissions Reduction Plan
    Tēnā koutou katoa. Ngā mihi o te ata. Earlier this month Save the Children wrote to me with their most up to date analysis on the impact of climate change. What they said was that children born in Aotearoa today will experience up to five times as many heatwaves and ...
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    3 days ago
  • Opportunity to shape NZ’s first Emissions Reduction Plan
    The Government is inviting New Zealanders to inform the country’s first Emissions Reduction Plan with the release of a consultation document containing a range of policy ideas to decrease the country’s emissions, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced today. The Emissions Reduction Plan will set ...
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    3 days ago
  • Convention on Biological Diversity COP 15, Virtual High-Level Segment
    Kia ora koutou katoa. I want to thank China for hosting this critically important Conference of the Parties. We are all here for the same reason. Biodiversity loss, and the ongoing degradation of nature, are accelerating at an unprecedented rate. These losses are causing irreparable harm to our planet’s ability ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government books show resilient and strong economy
    The end of year audited Crown accounts released today show the Government’s health led approach to the COVID-19 pandemic has protected New Zealand’s economy. “On almost every indicator the accounts show that the New Zealand economy has performed better than forecast, even as recently as the Budget in May. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • ​​​​​​​Health system is ready for assisted-dying law
    The health system is ready for the implementation of the End of Life Choice Act when it takes effect next month, making assisted dying legal in New Zealand, Health Minister Andrew Little said today. The law received 65.1 per cent support in a public referendum held alongside last year’s general ...
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    4 days ago
  • Taking a lead in threat to curious kea
    Reducing lead poisoning of kea, the world’s only alpine parrot and one-time New Zealand bird of the year winner, is the goal of a two year project being backed by the Government’s Jobs for Nature programme, Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan says.  “Lead poisoning is a serious threat to this ...
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    4 days ago
  • Government provides certainty to working holiday and seasonal visa holders and employers for summer
    The Government will extend Working Holiday visas and Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) work visas for six months to provide more certainty to employers and visa holders over the coming summer period, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi has announced. “This offers employers and visa holders the certainty they’ve been asking for going ...
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    5 days ago
  • Lower card fees good for businesses, consumers
    The Bill to help lower the cost of the fees retailers get charged for offering contactless and debit payment options is another step closer to becoming law, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Dr David Clark said today. “COVID-19 has changed the way we spend our money, with online and contactless ...
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  • Mandatory vaccination for two workforces
    High-risk workers in the health and disability sector to be fully vaccinated by 1 December, 2021, and to receive their first dose by 30 October School and early learning staff and support people who have contact with children and students to be fully vaccinated by 1 January, 2022, and to ...
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  • Fund allows more Pacific community led vaccinations
    The Government has made $1.1 million available through ‘The Prepare Pacific Community Vaccination Fund’ to directly support Pacific community-led initiatives towards increasing vaccinations, said Associate Minister of Health, Aupito William Sio. “The best way to protect our communities from COVID-19 is through vaccination. “We need to explore every avenue to ...
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    5 days ago
  • Small business at heart of economic recovery across APEC region
    The Minister for Small Business says support for small and medium enterprises will remain ongoing as the Asia-Pacific region moves through response and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Stuart Nash today chaired a virtual summit from Wellington for the APEC Small and Medium Enterprises Ministerial Meeting (SMEMM). “APEC Ministers responsible ...
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    1 week ago
  • Restrictions on abortion medication lifted for health practitioners
    Abortion services can now be provided in primary care, meaning people can access this care from someone like their trusted GP and in a familiar setting, Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. “By lifting some restrictions on the funded medications used for early medical abortions, more health ...
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    1 week ago
  • Record day for Māori vaccinations
    More than 10,000 vaccinations were administered to Māori yesterday, the highest number in the vaccine campaign so far, Associate Minister of Health (Maori Health) Peeni Henare announced. There were 10,145 doses administered across the motu yesterday this is almost equivalent to the population of Hāwera. The doses are made up ...
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    1 week ago
  • Statement on Joint Cooperation in Agriculture between Ireland and New Zealand
    8 October 2021 - Dublin, Ireland Agriculture plays an important role in the economic, social, environmental, and cultural wellbeing of Ireland and New Zealand. We are focused on increasing the productivity, inclusivity, and resilience of our respective primary sectors. As agri-food exporting nations, we also share a commitment to a ...
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    1 week ago
  • Northland to move to Alert Level 3 tonight
    Northland will move to Alert Level 3 restrictions from 11:59pm tonight following recent information on the risk presented by the positive case initially tested in Whangarei earlier this week and confirmed in Auckland yesterday, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said. The person is now in an Auckland Managed Isolation Quarantine ...
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    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister's Christmas Card Competition
    It’s that time of year again! If you’d like to help design the Prime Minister’s official Christmas card, here’s how to take part: Draw, paint, sketch or craft an image you’d like to see on the front of this year’s Christmas card. It can be anything you want – a traditional ...
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