Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Public interest Resolution Presented to Trade Minister

Press Release 14-9-2014

TPPA Nelson Action presents the public interest Resolution to Trade Minister Tim Groser!

The Resolution adopted by Auckland, Nelson, Tasman, Christchurch and Dunedin Councils protecting the public interest regarding the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations was accepted by the trade minister at the National Party public meeting on Wednesday the 10th September.

TPPA Nelson Action is pleased that a bottom line on what the people will accept concerning trade agreements has been outlined to our negotiators..

The trade minister spoke to a packed meeting which was dominated by citizens concerned with the issues surrounding the TPP negotiations.

Most of the questions were centred on the ability of corporations to sue New Zealand for any law changes in the best interests of the people and our country.

Philip Morris taking action against Australia for plain packaging of tobacco is the most recent example of what NZ may have to face if governments sign up to these kind of agreements in our name.

When asked if the Minister could confirm that out of 29 chapters of the agreement only 5 of the chapters concern trade Mr Groser's replied “You’ll find out when we’ve finished the deal”.

This attitude of “Trust me I know what I’m doing” which pervades both major parties on the TPP has no place in a free & democratic society where we can make up our own minds if we have the facts.

The concerned people of Nelson community once again showed their support for the Resolution by attending the meeting and voicing their concerns directly to those negotiating on behalf of the people of New Zealand. Accountability demands they listen to us.

TPPA Nelson Action Renewables
Graeme O'Brien Greg Rzesniowiecki

TPP policy for all NZ government authorities

That the NZ Government conclude negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other Free Trade Agreements in a way that provides net positive benefits for New Zealand – that is Assent to any partnership and/or agreement is conditional upon achievement of the following objectives:

i. Continues to allow all local government authorities, if they so choose, to adopt procurement policies that provide for a degree of local preference; to choose whether particular services or facilities are provided in house, by council controlled organisations (CCOs) or by contracting out; or to require higher health and safety, environmental protection, employment rights and conditions, community participation, animal protection or human rights standards than national or international minimum standards.

ii. Maintains good diplomatic and trade relations and partnerships with other major trading partners not included in the agreement, including with China.

iii. Provides substantially increased access for our agriculture exports including the USA.

iv. Does not undermine PHARMAC, raise the cost of medical treatments and medicines or threaten public health measures, such as tobacco control;

v. Does not give overseas investors or suppliers any greater rights than domestic investors and suppliers, such as through introducing Investor-State Dispute Settlement, or reduce our ability to control overseas investment or finance;

vi. Does not expand intellectual property rights and enforcement in excess of current law; vii. Does not weaken our public services, require privatisation, hinder reversal of privatisations, or increase the commercialisation of government or other local government organisations;

viii. Does not reduce our flexibility to support local economic and industry development and encourage good employment and environmental practices and initiatives like Council Cadetships, and the Mayor’s Taskforce for Jobs which enable marginalised young people to develop their skills and transition into meaningful employment;

ix. Contains enforceable labour clauses requiring adherence to core International Labour Organisation conventions and preventing reduction of labour rights for trade or investment advantage;

x. Contains enforceable environmental clauses preventing reduction of environmental nor biosecurity standards for trade or investment advantage;

xi. Has general exceptions to protect human rights, the environment, the Treaty of Waitangi, and New Zealand’s economic and financial stability;

xii. Has been negotiated with real public consultation including regular public releases of drafts of the text of the agreement, and ratification being conditional on a full social, environmental and economic impact assessment including public submissions.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Campbell on: the local body election result in Wellington

For obvious reasons, politics is more of a big deal in the capital city than anywhere else in the country. Even so, fewer than four in ten eligible voters bothered to vote in Saturday’s local body elections in Wellington (turnout 39.66%).

Even less was felt to be at stake this time around than in 2016, when 45% of the electorate voted Justin Lester into the mayoralty.

To put it mildly, the Lester-led Council failed to live up to expectations. Lester will be remembered mainly for the fact that somehow, he managed to lose this election. . More>>

 
 

Could Do Better: Post-Sroubek Review Of Deportation Info

Ms Tremain acknowledges that the review highlighted some aspects of the process that can be improved and makes five main recommendations to strengthen the existing processes for preparing files for decision-makers. Those recommendations are: More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A New Book On The Leaky Homes Scandal

We all know that journalism is short of cash and under pressure from the speed, brevity and clickbait pressures of the 24/7 news cycle… but hey, given the right subject and a sufficiently stubborn journalist, it can still surpass most of the works of the academic historians... More>>

Regulation: Review Finds NZTA Road Safety Failings

The independent review, carried out by consultant agency MartinJenkins, lists at least 10 reasons for the failures including the agency being focused on customer service at the expense of its policing functions. More>>

ALSO:

Rod Carr: Climate Change Commission Chair-Designate Announced

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has today announced the appointment of Dr Rod Carr as Chair-designate for the Climate Change Commission. More>>

ALSO:

Compliance Complaints: 'Putting Right' Holidays Act Underpayment In Health

The Government is putting right a decade’s worth of underpayment to nurses, doctors and other health workers, says Health Minister Dr David Clark. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Disasterous Police Pursuit, Excessive Use Of Dogs

At no stage did Police follow the correct procedure for the commencement of a pursuit... A Police dog handler used his dog to help with the arrest of two of the young people. One suffered injuries resulting in his hospitalisation, and the Authority found that the use of the dog was an excessive use of force. More>>

ALSO:

‘Hard Place To Be Happy’: Report On Youth Residential Care

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says the report, A Hard Place to be Happy, contains important challenges from children and young people, aged 9 to 17, about their experiences in care and protection residences. “I found this report extremely difficult to read, and I think most New Zealanders would too.” More>>

Africa And Middle East Refugees: 'Family Link' Restriction Removed

The founder of the Double the Quota campaign has applauded the coalition government for Friday’s announcement that a discriminatory policy would be removed. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels