Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

TPPA ‘non-transparency’ hits a new low

2 November 2012

TPPA ‘non-transparency’ hits a new low

The obsessive secrecy surrounding the Auckland round of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations in Auckland from 3-12 December has plumbed new depths.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has declined a request for the dates on which up to 29 working groups will be meeting. It merely offered to identify ‘windows’ when negotiators in specified sectors would be meeting.

MFAT’s response was a list that only says whether the group will be meeting before or after the so-called ‘stakeholder’ day on 7 December (see below).

“Even the dates that various groups are meeting is now a state secret, presumably because disclosure would somehow jeopardise the success of the negotiations” said Professor Jane Kelsey, who made the request on behalf of international experts who will be coming to Auckland for the round.

"This is just silly".

“Several individual negotiators have been more sensible and cooperative. Beyond that, we will have to rely on negotiators from other countries to tell us the dates on which they are attending a meeting hosted by our own government so that we can organise travel and accommodation, and plan events that attempt to engage with the negotiators."

MFAT’s email:

“Regarding the areas you have identified, below is a list of ‘windows’ organised around the central date of 7 December which we would expect most stakeholders to be planning travel around.

AreaWindow
IPPre and post 7 December
Transparency on medsPre 7 December
CBSPre 7 December
E-commercePost 7 December
Investment (including NCMs);Pre and post 7 December
EnvironmentPre and post 7 December
LabourPost 7 December
TransparencyPre 7 December
State-enterprises/competitionPost 7 December
Agriculture market accessPost 7 December
Financial servicesPre and Post 7 December

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Ch-Ch-Changes At IRD

job cuts aren’t happening at the IRD, exactly. Instead, there’s apparently a ‘transformation’ in store, and jobs won’t be axed ; no, they will be ‘transformed’ before our eyes into… non-jobs, if you happen to be among the unlucky legion of 1,900 who are being lined up for transformation, which seems to work rather like a secular version of the Rapture.

Except that at IRD, not even your shoes will be left behind. More>>

 

Christchurch Mental Health: Hospital Too 'Awful' For Reviewers To Visit

Jonathan Coleman has to stop the stalling over a new building for mental health services in Christchurch to replace the quake damaged Princess Margaret Hospital, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark... More>>

ALSO:

Greens Call For Govt Action: Children Sick Because Of NZ Housing

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians president-elect said today that children with preventable respiratory illnesses are being re-admitted to hospital because they're being sent back to cold, damp homes. More>>

ALSO:

Less Tax Cut, More Spending: Labour Launches Fiscal Plan

“Labour will invest $8 billion more in health, $4 billion more in education and $5 billion more for Kiwi families through Working for Families, Best Start and the Winter Energy Payment than the Budget 2017 projections for the forecast period.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Greens’ Room For Political Pragmatism

The Greens here are currently being criticized by the commentariat for not making the same kind of pragmatic choices that sunk the Democrats in Australia. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Being Humane About Welfare, Child Support, And Tax

It made for an unusual Venn diagram, but Greens co-leader Metiria Turei and Finance Minister Steven Joyce were briefly sharing some common elements this week in the set that says – hey, don’t use the powers of the state in ways guaranteed to make the system you’re trying to defend worse, not better. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election