Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Clark must commit to US trade agreement


Lockwood Smith National Foreign Affairs Spokesperson

7 December 2001

Clark must commit to US trade agreement

Helen Clark's stand-back approach is the wrong attitude towards a free trade agreement with the United States, National's Foreign Affairs spokesperson Lockwood Smith said today.

Helen Clark told United States representatives at the conference for "Creating Coalitions of Interest New Zealand - United States Closer Economic Partnership" in Auckland last night that New Zealand was merely 'ready when you are'.

"This reflects Helen Clark's approach - she talks the talk but has no commitment to real action.

"Helen Clark needs to learn that it is almost insulting to the Americans to adopt a 'ready when you are' approach. They have many pressing items on their agenda of a far greater magnitude than a trade deal with New Zealand. The Government must be far more pro-active.

"Singapore is currently negotiating a free trade agreement with the United States but Prime Minister Goh's approach is totally different. He was personally committed to achieving the trade deal, and convinced the U.S. to enter into negotiations. Likewise, Trade Minister George Yeo missed no opportunity to advance Singapore's case personally.

"Helen Clark, Jim Sutton and Phil Goff must first convince Australia against entering into negotiations without New Zealand, and then convince the United States Government that it should give priority to a tri-lateral deal with Australia and New Zealand.

Dr Smith, who worked closely with the United States while chairing APEC and advancing the five-way trade proposal involving the U.S, N.Z, Singapore, Australia and Chile, said Helen Clark's 'ready when you are' approach just didn't reflect the necessary commitment.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news