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

 


NZ snubbed in favour of Swaziland and El Salvador


NZ snubbed in favour of Swaziland and El Salvador

The likes of Swaziland and El Salvador are now in the queue ahead of New Zealand for a free trade deal with the US.

"It's now clearer than ever the Clark Labour-led Government has achieved an extraordinary diplomatic coup," says National Party Trade spokesman Dr Lockwood Smith.

"The United States and Chile have negotiated a free trade agreement, so too has Singapore, and negotiations are now underway between the US and Australia.

"Of the original P5 Group, only New Zealand is out in the cold," says Dr Smith.

"In 1999 New Zealand was leading the charge to bring together that bold trade agreement, but time ran out for us ahead of the 2000 US Presidential elections.

"Now, four years later, our frosty relationship with the US has been reflected in a series of major trade documents released in Washington in the past three months," says Dr Smith.

"On 3 March, the office of the United States Trade Representative, Robert Zoellick, released the United States trade agenda for 2003.

"The documents confirm the Chile and Singapore free trade agreements and the countries the US is now negotiating with.

"They now include, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, as well as Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland.

"New Zealand sadly - doesn't even get a look in.

"This is the result of what some commentators have described as Helen Clark's skilful diplomacy," Dr Smith says


© 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