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Labour still failing on US trade deal

Lockwood Smith - National Party Foreign Affairs & Trade Spokesman

18 February 2005

Labour still failing on US trade deal

National's Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman, Lockwood Smith, says that though the formation of the Friends of New Zealand Congressional Caucus is a positive move, far more work needs to be done to improve our relationship with the United States.

"This is an encouraging move that reflects the depth of goodwill that exists towards New Zealand among key players in Washington," says Dr Smith.

"What it makes more obvious though, is that despite this show of goodwill, Labour has so far failed in its supposed number one foreign policy objective of achieving a free trade agreement with the United States.

"Australian manufacturers and farmers have benefited from their free trade agreement since the start of this year.

"Their competitive advantage over our manufacturers and farmers is very real.

"Labour's failure to achieve a similar trade agreement for New Zealand is starting to cost us dearly," says Dr Smith.


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