Eric Roy will not seek re-election
[From Eric Roy's blog]
I have announced
today that I will not be seeking re-election to Parliament
later this year.
Invercargill is a diverse and interesting
seat to represent and it has been an exciting and
interesting responsibility, but I believe it is time to move
It has been a privilege to be part of a wider group of
Southland leaders who have seen Southland grow and achieve
one of the lowest unemployment levels in the country.
long after I first became an MP, economist Tony Alexander
wrote a column on Invercargill, which more or less
instructed the last one to leave Invercargill to turn out
the lights. The census last year showed Southland is
achieving growth, I am sure we can look forward to Southland
and Invercargill continuing to be a force that punches above
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On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney
Ridiculous reported comments on RNZ this morning by Trade Minister Tim Groser, as he sought to dampen down concerns about the leaked draft of the IP chapter of ther Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. According to Groser, ‘extreme’ positions are common at the outset of negotiations, and these get whittled down over the course of negotiations. Fine.
Except that we’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations.
Still, Groser did promise that the cost of medicines would not rise as a result of the TPP trade deal. Great. But this is not what politicians in other countries are saying. More>>