Returns Not Royal Treatment Will Lead to Investment
Returns Not Royal Treatment Will Lead to
30 JULY 2014
Reacting to the NZ Herald’s reporting of a
$240,000 bill for taxpayers to wine and dine eleven oil
executives - including four nights' luxury accommodation, a
sailing trip, and two Rugby World Cup games, Jordan
Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’
“Hard nosed oil executives
will decide to invest in New Zealand on the basis of
potential returns, not on how good the rugby was. Making
introductions, clearing red tape and selling New Zealand is
one thing, but throwing nearly a quarter million at royal
class treatment is quite another."
“The Government is
calling the Summit ‘modest’ despite costing taxpayers’
more than $20,000 per person. With that attitude, we’d
hate to see what lavish
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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>>