Wednesday, 07 October 2015, 1:22pm

Out Now: Werewolf 57

Big Data & Child Welfare - Uber - Flying With Food Allergies - "Disruption" - Film: It Follows - Coney Island (And The Trumps) - Music: White hipsters, Art Pepper - Satire: Nonsense Nationalism - Music Bradford Cox of Deerhunter - Music: The Mountain Goats

Gordon Campbell:
On The TPP Deal Reached In Atlanta

Yes, the TPP has helped to knock a few points off the tariffs facing our exporters. Yet some of those alleged dollar gains may well have been made regardless over time – and without the negative baggage of the concessions in the non-trade areas (intellectual property, copyright extensions, investor-state dispute mechanisms etc) that the TPP deal also brings in its wake.

Over the period from now until 2030, even the rosier projections for New Zealand see the TPP adding only about 1% per annum to this country’s GDP. More>> (Cartoon by Dave Wolland)





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Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Countdown, And Mary Margaret O’Hara

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  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

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    Gordon Campbell:
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