Ombudsman concerned partnership school transparency
Chief Ombudsman concerned about proposal to reduce
transparency and accountability in partnership
The Chief Ombudsman’s submission to the
Science and Education Select Committee on proposal in the
Education Amendment Bill that "The Ombudsmen Act 1975 and
Official Information Act 1982 do not apply to a sponsor of a
partnership school kura hourua" is now available on our
website. You can read it here
Scoop copy of submission
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Jane Kelsey: "Shock Trade-Offs", No Deal At TPP Talks
A three-paragraph statement issued at the end of the ministerial summit was appropriately bland, given the complete void of any official information during the four-day meeting. Reading between the lines, it reveals four points about the current state of play.
First, ministers say they identified ‘potential landing zones’ for ‘the majority of key outstanding issues in the text’. Some of these decisions are hugely significant. New Zealand, Australia and Canada appear to have surrendered to an as-yet-undisclosed version of US-based demands on intellectual property that they have consistently deemed unacceptable.
Second, ministers were unable to reach even ‘potential’ outcomes for other key issues in the text...
Third, the US made no significant offers on market access for agriculture in Singapore. Japanese media reported a breakdown in the US-Japan talks on agriculture...
A final piece of hypocrisy in the statement is the promise to ‘further our consultation with stakeholders and engage in our respective political processes’. More>>