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

 

Sydney WTO Protests - Lots Of Noise Little Cred

Media Release

15 November 2002

Sydney WTO Protests - Lots Of Noise But Little Credibility

If the force of the protesters arguments was as powerful as the level of noise they make then perhaps we could take them more seriously said Executive Director of the Trade Liberalisation Network, Suse Reynolds, today.

"According to the World Bank complete liberalisation of merchandise trade and the elimination of subsidies could add US$1.5 trillion to developing country incomes. Reshaping the global trading system and lowering barriers to trade could reduce the number of poor in developing countries by 300 million by 2015," Reynolds argued.

"What ideas do the protesters have that would bring about similar benefits?" she asked.

"The WTO is seeking to eliminate agricultural trade barriers. How would the protesters respond to a farming family in Africa who currently watch OECD countries pay out nearly US$1 billion a day to their farmers - four times all the development assistance going to poor nations?"

"If you shut down the WTO, who else do those yelling in Sydney's streets propose will have the resources, the clout and the political will to push for reforms that will literally put money in the pockets of so many of the world's poor?"

Finally Reynolds makes the point that just because the great economic powers want something that doesn't automatically make it wrong.

"The EU, US and Japan account for over 60% of the world's imports. Some observers are suggesting recession for all three. If that's the case, it will be the first time in 25 years all three will be in recession. That cuts jobs and revenue everywhere. Isn't this precisely the time when we should be doing all we can to ensure borders remain open and barriers to trade are minimised," Reynolds concluded.

For further information:

Brian Lynch, Chairman, 0274 452 958 Suse Reynolds, Executive Director, 021 490 974,

Lana Sheppard Executive Assistant NZ Trade Liberalisation Network Inc P O Box 26 Wellington lana.sheppard@tln.org.nz Tel: 04 9146320 Fax: 04 9146322 www.tln.org.nz


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why New Zealand Needs To Change Its Defence Habits


In a flashback to the military displays of days gone by, one of our frigates recently joined a Carrier Strike show of force in the South China Sea, en route to a joint military exercise in Singapore with our traditional allies, called BersamaGold21. Reportedly, Anna Powles, from the Centre of Defence and Security Studies at Massey University felt this to be a case of us doing our bit to uphold international law, and the right of free transit through the region in question... More>>

Government: New COVID-19 Protection Framework Delivers Greater Freedoms For Vaccinated New Zealanders


Vaccinated New Zealanders will regain everyday freedoms when the country moves to a new simplified COVID-19 Protection Framework that doesn’t rely on nationwide lockdowns as the main measure to stop the virus spreading. In a suite of announcements that establish a pathway out of restrictions the Government is also providing up to $940 million per fortnight to support businesses through the challenging period... More>>

ALSO:





 
 


Government: Responds To Independent Review Into WorkSafe

The Government has clear expectations that WorkSafe must action the recommendations of the independent review into the regulator to improve its management of adventure activities following the tragedy at Whakaari White Island, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood says... More>>

Government: New Zealand Secures Historic Free Trade Deal With The United Kingdom
New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed in principle the details of a historic Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which will further accelerate our COVID-19 economic recovery say Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor... More>>

ALSO:

Ombudsman: Launches Investigation Into MIQ Booking System
The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is launching a broad investigation into the Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) booking system after receiving hundreds of complaints... More>>

ALSO:


Pay Cheque To Pay Cheque: Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings
New findings from the Consumer NZ sentiment tracker found that 15% of New Zealanders had no savings, and a further 27% were anxious about their level of savings and would like to have more tucked away... More>>


Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>


Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels