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


Sutton Should Come Clean

Green Party Trade spokesperson, Rod Donald is challenging the Government to be honest about its stand over the privatisation of education, health and water services.

In Parliament on Tuesday Trade Minister Jim Sutton said his Government expected other countries to work toward the same level of trade liberalisation that this country has, before it engaged in further free market reforms.

"However, the position taken by this Government at the World Trade Organisation contradicts his statement in the House.

Last year Mr Sutton tabled a document at the WTO Council for Trade in Services that said: "First and foremost, New Zealand will actively encourage members to explore ways in which existing commitments in all services sectors, in terms of market access and national treatment, can be progressively liberalised."

"We don't trust this Government to negotiate the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) on our behalf," said Rod Donald. "Their agenda runs contrary to New Zealand's best interests."

"Jim Sutton's clearly being economical with the truth," said Rod Donald today. "He should come clean and make public New Zealand's requests and offers in the negotiations currently underway."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news