Business as usual - no sight of free trade deal
Don Brash MP National Party Leader
Business as usual - still no sight of free trade
National Party Leader Don Brash is congratulating
George Bush on winning a second term as US
"Helen Clark has said that it is very much a
case of 'business as usual' for New Zealand. I'm sure that
will be a sobering thought for many, including Labour, who
had hopes of securing a free trade deal.
free trade deal with the US was the single biggest foreign
policy objective of the Helen Clark-led Government.
it has failed miserably. In fact, we are not even on the
waiting list, behind countries including Botswana, Lesotho,
Swaziland, Guatemala and Honduras.
"Without a free trade
deal, New Zealand's decline in relation to Australia will
accelerate. That means even more of our brightest young
talent will be tempted to move to greener pastures across
"New Zealand must have a strong, credible,
independent voice on the world stage. But in order to
achieve that, we need to be able to disagree with the US,
without firing insults at each other through the
international media," says Dr Brash.
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