Taking the TPPA to the streets
7 December 2012
the TPPA to the streets
From today until 12
December an enormous mobile billboard will be roaming the
streets of Auckland to draw attention to the many issues
raised by the Trans-Pacific Partnership for New Zealanders,
in particular its implications for affordable medicines,
environmental protection, and intellectual property.
billboard also advertises a protest rally for 2pm Saturday,
and features one of the winning cartoons of the TPPA cartoon
© Scoop Media
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>>