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

 


The 'Free Trade' Farce Continues

Green Agriculture Spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street today said free trade was being shown up as the myth it is by US moves to lift subsidies for its farmers to NZ $400 billion over 10 years.

"While New Zealand Governments are all too willing to talk up the benefits of free trade deals the truth of the matter is free trade is an illusion," said Mr Ewen-Street.

"If there was ever any doubt following recent US moves to protect its lamb and steel industries this latest example must finally explode the myth that the United States supports free trade, despite them signing up to do so last year at Doha.

"The US does not support free trade when it is to their disadvantage and it is just ridiculous for New Zealand to continue to pursue this fictional nirvana in light of evidence like this."

Mr Ewen-Street said 47 per cent of US farm subsidies currently go to only eight per cent of farmers - the big corporate farmers and their contractors.

"US family farmers do not want subsidies - they want fair prices and the break up of the corporates.

"United States agribusiness corporations donate millions of dollars to the Republican Party and as a result these corporates are being well looked after," he said.

"I am totally supportive of fair trade where farmers, especially in the third world, receive fair prices for their product. But it would be foolish for New Zealand to continue to pursue free trade deals.

"There has never been such a thing as free trade because countries always look out for their own industries. We cannot take the risk of throwing off all our protections when the world's largest players are doing the opposite," said Mr Ewen-Street.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news