Parliament

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

 

PM is desperate to make a deal

Desperate to make a deal

The Prime Minister's latest plea for the United States to include us in an ANZUS free trade zone does little to boost this country's reputation on the world stage, Green Co-leader Rod Donald said today.

"The incessant pleading by Helen Clark and her ministers for inclusion in a free trade deal has been bad enough, but her speech in New York overnight is a new level in desperation.

"The simple fact of the matter is that the US will not cut us into its deal with Australia until we prove ourselves to be as sycophantic and pliant as the Howard government.

"While the PM is packaging this as being about selling butter to the US, the real issue is the sacrifice of our independence and self respect.

"If we are prepared to allow US nuclear-powered warships into our harbours, if we are willing to give unconditional support for George W. Bush's aggression in the Middle East, if we are ready to gift America our proxy vote at the UN, then this government's dearest wish will come true.

"But in return for giving up those very things that make us a nation, what do we get from a free trade deal?

"We get an unrestricted land-grab by American billionaires, GATS-imposed loss of our public-services, no mention of GE on the labels of imported American food and - if our experience of other free trade deals is anything to go by - trade deficits rather than trade surpluses.

"The PM is claiming the deal will increase our US imports by 25 per cent, but doesn't explain who will pay for it. Will it be our manufacturing workers, undercut by cheap NAFTA goods coming from Mexican sweatshops? Or will it be the environment, with land and waterways degraded to lift agricultural production?

"This Government's search for the pot of gold at the end of the free trade rainbow is getting desperate," said Rod Donald. "We urge it to instead focus on genuine wealth-creation by making our economy self-reliant and sustainable."

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Another Reason To Loathe HR Departments (And On The Teachers Strike)

This morning’s news item about Police emergency call centre staff turning up for work while they’re sick – because they’re afraid their sick leave statistics will be used against them, and their jobs put in jeopardy – is not an isolated case...

Obviously, sick people shouldn’t be being treated by doctors and nurses who are themselves sick and potentially infectious. Similarly, Police emergency calls also need to be fielded by people who’re feeling alert, and on top of their game. More>>

 
 

MPs' Computers To Be Searched: Inquiry Into Leak On Simon Bridges' Expenses

An inquiry has been launched to find out who leaked the National Party's expenses to the media... Parliament's speaker, Trevor Mallard, said a Queen's Counsel would lead the inquiry with the help of an employment lawyer and also someone with forensic IT skills. More>>

ALSO:

Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: City Council Ends Its Support For Jackson’s Movie Museum

The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum... Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. More>>

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>

ALSO:

Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages