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


Lift the Black Out on Sneaky Treaty Negotiations

Lift the Black Out on Sneaky Treaty Negotiations

New Zealand First is calling for an end to the black-out on terms and conditions being considered for the so-called trade deal - the Trans Pacific Partnership.

“The public must be allowed to debate every possible inclusion,” says Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. “Secrecy is undemocratic.”

“We are in danger of having New Zealand’s rights signed away to global corporations under the guise of free trade. This is much more than a trade deal, it threatens our laws and regulations in all areas, including finance, public health, the environment and worker safety.

“Without a frank and open discussion in New Zealand we are at risk of being tied forever to a treaty that tramples over our democratic values and works in the interests of big business.

“Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand can discuss the terms when the treaty comes before Parliament’s select committee. Utter nonsense. By then a few government negotiators will have signed our rights away.

“The select committee will only be discussing the legislation to implement the treaty.

“New Zealand First is gravely concerned that global corporations will have the right to sue the New Zealand Government , not in New Zealand courts but from outside the country.

“In short, the treaty may give big business the power to demolish any New Zealand laws that stand in the way of giving them a free rein.

“The treaty does not contain a safety value, a measure needed in case there are negative impacts on the partners. There must be a time limit and a reassessment otherwise we are bound to it forever.

“New Zealand First wants debate on the treaty, if not, then the conclusion must be that democracy has been sold out in favour of corporations in the name of globalism,” says Mr Peters.

New Zealand First MPs will take part in the national day of action against the TPP.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


P Policy: $15m Allocated To Tackling Drug Abuse

Almost $15 million dollars seized from criminals will be invested in anti-drug initiatives, with more funding for Police and Customs and a greater focus on treatment for drug abusers, Prime Minister John Key says. More>>


More Or Less Democratic Countries: Fiji Prime Minister To Visit NZ

“This will be Prime Minister Bainimarama’s first official visit to New Zealand as Fiji’s Prime Minister,” Mr Key says. “New Zealand and Fiji have strong ties in a range of areas, and the Prime Minister’s visit presents a further opportunity to discuss issues of mutual interest.” More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news