the state of our environment | December 2013
the state of our environment | December
December lived up to it seasonal status as
the start of summer.
There was a frenzy of barbeques and
plenty of good swimming to be had at the region’s
favourite swimming spots.
That said, periods of rain saw
readings flash into the red in some swimming hot-spots and
it was a good time to keep an eye on the B4 U Swim info on
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On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney
Ridiculous reported comments on RNZ this morning by Trade Minister Tim Groser, as he sought to dampen down concerns about the leaked draft of the IP chapter of ther Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. According to Groser, ‘extreme’ positions are common at the outset of negotiations, and these get whittled down over the course of negotiations. Fine.
Except that we’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations.
Still, Groser did promise that the cost of medicines would not rise as a result of the TPP trade deal. Great. But this is not what politicians in other countries are saying. More>>