Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Shipley dubbed “Miss-Leader of NZ Economy" at APEC

The APEC Monitoring Group has responded to Jenny Shipley’s claim that APEC has a moral dimension and that trade and investment liberalisation will benefit the poor of the region.

“Mrs Shipley may go to church but she is not the one bearing the cross of the tried tested and failed market policies which APEC – and her own government in particular– promotes. Even the Public Questions Committee of Mrs Shipley’s own Presbyterian Church warns us of the lack of morality of the APEC Agenda,” says Aziz Choudry of the APEC Monitoring Group.

“To suggest that APEC somehow has a moral dimension is obscene and insulting to the hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders whose lives and communities have been decimated by the extreme free market approach which successive New Zealand governments have inflicted on them. It fails to acknowledge that although global trade has increased sixteenfold since 1950 and consumption has increased sixfold, the gap between rich and poor has widened throughout the world.”

“To suggest that critics of APEC do not base their opposition to APEC on sound reflection and analysis is equally absurd. The only reason that there is now even any informed debate about APEC and economic liberalisation is because of organisations like APEC Monitoring Group, GATT Watchdog, the Trade Union Federation and many among Maori – not because of anything that Jenny Shipley’s government has done.”

“We saw this with GATT, with the MAI, with the WTO and now with APEC. The Government does not want critical, informed debate on the issues, just grumbling acquiescence and resignation ”

“To suggest that through APEC, New Zealand is exercising a moral obligation towards “less wealthy economies” by promoting a narrow economic vision that has made us all even more vulnerable to the whims of business is outrageous”.

“Her recent statement reflects the government’s growing desperation and a tacit acknowledgement that the cynical government PR campaign to build support for APEC has failed. They have failed to co-opt credible critics of APEC into supporting the APEC agenda. They are locked into the same tired free market feelgood rhetoric which fewer and fewer New Zealanders believe”.

“The only morality that APEC knows is that of the market. Because APEC claims to be a community of ‘economies’ not countries or governments it excludes from consideration any non-economic, social, or political issues like human rights, poverty, and the environment, unless they are redefined in trade related “market-friendly” terms.“

“The “new opportunities” which Mrs Shipley claims will flow from the APEC process are for business, not for ordinary people in either rich or poor countries. The privatisation, deregulation, trade and investment liberalisation agenda which APEC promotes treats people and natural resources as commodities to be bought and sold in the marketplace. There is nothing moral about that,” said Mr Choudry.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Ellen Rykers on The Dig: Community Conservation – The Solution To The Biodiversity Crisis?

There are backyard trapping networks doing their bit for Predator Free 2050, farmers planting native trees along their waterways, and iwi protecting whenua rāhui. There are 62 biodiversity sanctuaries across 56,000 hectares, with around two-thirds of them community-led. There are citizen scientists counting birds in their backyards and landowners conserving habitat in 3,500 Queen Elizabeth II National Trust covenants.

It’s increasingly clear that a government agency alone cannot combat the biodiversity crisis successfully. These grass-roots initiatives are a growing resource in the conservation toolbox. More>>

Closing This Weekend! Have Your Say On The Issues For NZ's New Biodiversity Strategy

Scoop and PEP invite you to help decide how we should protect and restore our biodiversity over the next 50 years using Scoop’s online engagement platform, HiveMind. HAVE YOUR SAY HERE>>

 

PM In Japan: Jacinda Ardern’s Remarks Following Abe Summit

Today we discussed a wide range of topics. Broadly the themes were: a deeper, high-value trade and investment relationship, greater cooperation in the Pacific; and strengthening our security partnership. More>>

ALSO:

Replacing All But Chair: Twyford Appoints Five NZTA Board Members

Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced the appointment of five new members to the NZ Transport Agency Board... There remain two vacancies on the NZTA Board which will be filled in due course. More>>

ALSO:

Climate Change: Adaptation And Risk Assessment Framework Released

“We are already experiencing the effects of a changing climate such as coastal inundation and increasingly frequent and severe droughts, floods, fires and storms. This framework is an acknowledgement that we must start adapting”, James Shaw said today. More>>

ALSO:

Ihumātao: Mana Whenua Reach Decision On Land

Māori King Tūheitia says mana whenua have finally reached consensus over what to do with Ihumātao - they want it back. More>>

ALSO:

PM To Japan, New York: Ardern To Meet Trump During UN Trip

“I’m looking forward to discussing a wide range of international and regional issues with President Trump, including our cooperation in the Pacific and the trade relationship between our countries." More>>

PM's Post-Cab: "A Way Forward"

At Monday's post-cabinet press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a number of actions in response to the Labour Party's mishandling of sexual assault complaints. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Allegations Of Left Wing Media Bias

“Left wing bias” accusations date back at least to the mid 1990s... The charge of left wing bias was ridiculous then, and is ridiculous now. More>>

Next Wave Of Reforms: Gun Registration And Licensing Changes Announced

“The Bill includes a register to track firearms and new offences and penalties that can be applied extraterritorially for illegal manufacture, trafficking, and for falsifying, removing, or altering markings – which are a new requirement under the Firearms Protocol.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels