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

 

Thousands Demand Key Debate TPPA Expert on National TV

Wednesday 19th August 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Thousands Demand Key Debate TPPA Expert on National TV - ActionStation

More than 12,000 Kiwis are demanding that PM John Key and Tim Groser debate a democratically-elected TPPA expert in a nationally televised event, after the Prime Minister dismissed the more than 25,000 people who protested over the weekend, and the 100,000 people who signed petitions against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement as "misinformed.”

“Our members are tired of being told that they are “misinformed”, “anti-trade”, “breathless children” when it comes to airing genuine concerns about the TPPA. What our members want is for the people that represent them to actually listen to, and address the concerns of Kiwi citizens instead of calling us names.” explained Laura O’Connell-Rapira from ActionStation. “Our leaders would never sign a contract without first reading the terms, or on a “just trust us” basis, so why are they essentially asking all New Zealanders to do the same?”

The petition campaign, led by the New Zealand-based Action Station and the international corporate watchdog organisation SumofUs.org, notes that more than 300 small and medium-sized business owners in New Zealand, as well as renowned economist Gareth Morgan, business journalist Bernard Hickey, the Libraries Association of New Zealand, Consumer NZ and Internet NZ have all expressed concerns about the TPPA.

Hundreds of doctors and other health experts are clear that proposed changes in intellectual property rules will push up medicine prices, slow down innovation and make public health campaigns more difficult. Many local software innovators are furious at the protectionist intellectual property rules being negotiated.

Beyond New Zealand, Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz, prominent economists Jeffrey Sachs and Princeton University professor Dani Rodrik have also condemned the TPPA as being likely to increasing inequality and corporate power

“When John Key disregards our protests as misinformed, he's been repeating a pattern he's gotten away with for years: putting big companies profits before our well-being,” explained Kaytee Ray-Riek from SumOfUs.org. “What little has leaked out about the TPPA makes us very nervous. It will give massive multi-national corporations the power to decide our laws on everything from the price we pay for medicine to the food we eat.”

“Corporations suing entire countries isn't rhetoric: it's happening right now.Philip Morris, the tobacco giant, is suing Australia at this moment because of plain packaging laws designed to save the lives of everyday Aussies who would otherwise die of tobacco-related illnesses. Taxpayers there have already shelled out a whopping $50 million fighting Philip Morris in a court in Singapore,” added Ray-Riek.

ENDS.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On Finding A Model To Replace The Monarchy


One feels reluctant to pre-empt the verdict of history, but maybe we need to have a Plan B in mind just in case the reign of King Charles III turns out badly. With that possibility in mind, are there any other countries that do a reasonably good job of electing their ceremonial head of state? There is no perfect model for New Zealand to follow but - arguably - Ireland has made a pretty good fist of it over the past 70 years or so. Ireland has roughly the same population as New Zealand, so the pool of talent is similar in size...
More>>



Alastair Thompson: Are There TPLF Ethiopia Insurgency Training & Support Operations in Uganda?


Mystery Document Alleges:
Covert Operation has US/Egypt Support
Operations Coordinated between South Sudan, TPLF and Uganda
Planning began December 2021...

More>>




 
 

Government: Welcomes Climate Change Commission Advice On Agricultural Pricing System
The Government has welcomed advice from the Climate Change Commission assessing readiness in the agricultural sector for an emissions pricing system... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Action To Tackle Delays In Family Court
New legislation aimed at tackling delays in the family justice system, will help improve the wellbeing of thousands of children caught up in Family Court disputes every year, Justice Minister Kiri Allan says... More>>


Prime Minister: Chatham House Speech
What an honour it is to be back in London, and to be here at Chatham house. This visit represents much for me. The reopening of borders and resumption of travel after a difficult few years... More>>


Economy: Financial Statements Of The Government Of New Zealand
Please note the next Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand to be released will be for the full year ended 30 June 2022. It is anticipated that these will be released in early October 2022... More>>



Government: New Era For Better Health In Aotearoa New Zealand

The Government has today delivered a nationwide health system that will ensure better outcomes for all New Zealanders with the establishment of Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand... More>>



Greens: Alcohol Harm Minimisation Bill Pulled From Biscuit Tin

After years of research and advocacy, Parliament will finally consider legislation to take meaningful action on alcohol harm, says the Greens... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels