Back Benches Season Final - Wed 28/8/13
Back Benches Season Final - This Wed
debate, part chaotic party' - Paul Casserly , NZ Herald Aug
The season final of Back Benches has all the right
ingredients for a feisty debate.
All welcome to New
Zealand’s one and only ‘pub politics’ show. We film at
The Back Bencher pub at 6 pm sharp, so come along for a
pint, and be part of the audience. Unedited and ‘as it
happens’ - with no holding back between audience and
panel, Back Benches comes as close to true democracy on the
box, as anything yet. Will be a big crowd, so be early.
Grant Robertson –
Peter Dunne – United Future
Hone Harawira - Mana party
Jaqui Dean - National
WHAT –BACKBENCHES, PRIME TV 10.30pm
– 6 PM, WEDNESDAY AUG 28
WHERE – BACKBENCHER PUB OPP
To book a table call 04 472 3065
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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>>