TPPA Secrecy – What it Really Means For Our Nation
Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau
TPPA Secerecy – What it Really Means For Our Nation
Tuesday 3 December, 2013
The secrecy around the Trans- Pacific Partnership Agreement talks is on the agenda at this week’s media conference to be attended by MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira.
“If corporate bullying, the ceding of our sovereignty, and the inability to make our own decisions and set our own priorities for our own country isn’t enough to walk away from the TPPA like other nations have, questions need to be asked around not just the secrecy of the process, but whether all New Zealanders have been fairly consulted on this document,” says Harawira.
The media briefing provides an opportunity for different political parties to voice their concerns about the secrecy of the talks and respond to the online petition signed by 26,000 people including letters to MP’s
Harawira says the full and far reaching implications of such an important agreement are yet to be understood by the public. “What we do know so far is that the TPPA means a huge increase in unemployment, dismal pay rates and work conditions, disastrous environmental impacts, worsening health outcomes, the list goes on. The government needs front up, be honest, and release the entire text before any decisions are made.”