Groser - Government may not seek bipartisan support for TPP
Groser - Government may not seek bipartisan support for
Climate Change and Trade
Minister Tim Groser on TV One’s Q+A programme this
Trade Minister Tim Groser won’t confirm
whether New Zealand will sign up to a Trans Pacific trade
deal without zero tariffs on dairy.
“We will make
a considered and professional judgement at the end of the
day, but I'm not going to sit down here and start in public
declaring what's the bottom line for New Zealand.”
Minister Groser concedes hopes of getting zero tariffs
for our dairy products into the United States and Japan is
“There is absolutely resistance to this
and this is an end game negotiation. It's too early to make
this judgement. This always happens like this.”
To view Corin Dann’s full interview with Minister
Groser click on the link below.
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>