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

 


Secretive TPPA negotiations betray all New Zealanders

Wednesday 28 November 2012

Secretive TPPA negotiations betray all New Zealanders

The continuing threat to the huge savings in medicine costs achieved by Pharmac continues to make a mockery of the TPPA noose which the government appears determined to put Kiwis’ heads into, according to Democrats Health spokesman David Tranter.

Government’s obsessive bending of the knee to international interests, particularly the U.S., which seek to take away New Zealand’s right to make its own decisions for the good of its people defies all logic - and the many well-reasoned arguments against the TPPA proposals.

As a few examples, with regard to the effects of the TPPA, NZNO chief executive Geoff Annals states, “Pharmac is under attack by the pharmaceutical industry because it is successful and the ‘Pharmac model’ is being adopted by other countries needing a better balance between business and health interests…… Pharmac purchases medicines for New Zealanders at prices around half those achieved by Australia’s medicines purchasing agency and around a third the price demanded in the US”.

Professor Jane Kelsey of Auckland University states; “the U.S. Government (on behalf of its pharmaceutical industry) has attempted to impose controls over the operations of drug subsidy schemes of other countries through free trade agreements - firstly through the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement and later through its agreement with South Korea. The TPPA represents the latest - and most aggressive - attempt. And the US seems to be particularly targeting Pharmac this time”.

Professor Kelsey also describes how New Zealand’s Parliamentary Health Select Committee, “has refused to hear from academics about the public health risks, or to allow health practitioners to hear public submissions”.

Pharmac themselves say that they have saved DHBs over $5 billion over the past 12 years.

So why, Mr. Tranter asks, is this government betraying New Zealanders by participating in secret discussions, refusing to hear well-informed critics of the TPPA proposals, and keeping the public in the dark while the U.S. continues to push for restrictions damaging to the New Zealand people while benefiting only the profit-dominated agendas of the pharmaceutical giants?

Once again the public may well ask - whose side are our government on - the New Zealand public or the multi-national corporations and their political cronies?

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Midwives On Pay Equity: Historic Bill Of Rights Case For High Court

“We have been left with no choice.” That from Karen Guilliland, the Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives, as the organisation prepares to file a pay parity discrimination case on the basis of gender under the NZ Bill of Rights Act in the High Court. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Children’s Commission Report On CYF

Accusing the overworked and underfunded staff at Child, Youth and Family of a “dump and run culture of neglect” is the kind of luxury that a Children’s Commissioner can afford to indulge in from his own comfy perch in the bureaucracy. More>>

ALSO:

Mt Eden Prison: Serco Inquiry Extended

A two month delay to the Government investigation into prison fight clubs shows the extent of problems within the Serco circus, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis. More>>

ALSO:

Health And Safety: Late Addition Of National Security Provisions A Concern

The New Zealand Law Society has expressed its significant concerns at the last-minute addition to the Health and Safety Reform Bill of provisions for a closed material procedure for court proceedings where national security is involved. More>>

ALSO:

Rugby And Beer: World Cup Alcohol Bill Passes

ACT MP David Seymour’s Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Extended licensing hours during Rugby World Cup) Bill completed its third reading by 99 to 21... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news