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

 


Australian High Commissioner congratulated for TPPA stance

3 November 2012

Aotearoa Is Not for Sale Wellington congratulates Australian High Commissioner

New Zealand sovereignty campaigners will wear Melbourne Cup hats, complete with bobbing corks, to congratulate Australia on its Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) stance.

Aotearoa Is Not For Sale Wellington will gather at the Australian High Commission gates from 4.00pm to 5.00pm on Melbourne Cup day, 6 November.

"We want to congratulate the Australian High Commissioner on the Australian Government’s strong stand against the Investor State Disputes Provision of the TPPA," Aotearoa Is Not For Sale Wellington spokesperson John Maynard says.

Aotearoa Is Not For Sale Wellington intends to provide entertainment at the High Commission gates including rousing choruses of Waltzing Matilda, horse races and appropriate chanting like: "No TPPA! Oi! Oi! Oi!"

The TPPA is one of the biggest political issues facing New Zealand but one of the least publicised and least understood. It is being negotiated behind closed doors with no possibility of public oversight.

It involves eleven Asian and Pacific-rim countries including the United States, with the aim to extend it to all 21 APEC countries.

"Although, Aotearoa Is Not For Sale Wellington understands the importance of international trade to New Zealand, the TPPA’s Investor State Disputes Settlement provision would allow foreign corporations that want to ‘protect’ their profits to be able to sue governments in secret international tribunals," Mr Maynard says.

"The New Zealand government needs to follow Australia’s lead in acting to protect its own citizens and taxpayers from the bullying of international corporations like the tobacco companies, which are currently opposing the plain packaging of cigarettes.

"All small and medium business people in New Zealand should be concerned about the TPPA as it will allow multi-national corporations unprecedented power over our law-making and regulation-making authority. Local business and jobs will be undermined. Aotearoa Is Not For Sale Wellington wants New Zealand to be able to trade on our terms without compromising our sovereignty, environment or tikanga."

The next round of TPPA negotiations will be held at Sky City Casino in Auckland from 3-12 December 2012.

For more information on the TPPA go to: www.itsourfuture.org.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Two Years With New Methods: Crime Stats Show Increase Led By Burglary

The two years of data show an increase in the total victimisation rate of 3.1 per cent, with 12,060 more victimisations in the 2015/16 year when compared to 2014/15 year. From this increase, 72 per cent is attributable to burglaries. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Relocation Grants: 12 Grants Paid So Far

Since the policy took effect one month ago, 12 applicants have received the non-recoverable grant, supporting 32 people. $54,508 has been paid out, covering things like moving costs, bond, rent in advance and letting fees. More>>

ALSO:

Vaccine Funding Change: HPV Vaccines For All Children

PHARMAC has today announced changes to funded vaccines, which will benefit an extra 100,000 people... The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will be available for all children and adults up to the age of 26 years, and boys will now be included in the HPV school vaccination programme. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Opinion Polls For Key And Trump Defy Gravity

What is going on? Donald Trump got confirmed as the Republican presidential candidate at a bizarrely chaotic political convention… and promptly received an upwards bump in the polls to where he’s now rating ahead of Hillary Clinton, for only the second time this year. More>>

Sugar: Auckland Leisure Centres Axe Unhealthy Drinks

Auckland Council is to stop selling drinks that are sweetened by sugar from vending machines at its leisure centres in a bid to try to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Todd McClay’s Faulty Memory

Time and again, whenever an issue arises the initial response by government is to deny or diminish the problem – nothing to worry about here, everything’s OK, move on. Then, hang on. In line with the usual pattern, as embarrassing details emerged into daylight, the story changed. More>>

ALSO:

Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news