Greens accuse Groser of misleading public
Fri, 15 Jun 2012 10:33a.m.
Trade Minister Tim Groser is misleading the public over the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement the Government is negotiating, the Green Party says.
Mr Groser has rejected Opposition party complaints about the agreement since a leaked document appeared to confirm states signing up to it could be sued by foreign companies over laws they consider are contrary to their interests or will cost them money.
He gave an assurance on Thursday he wouldn't sign anything that compromised New Zealand's sovereignty and said the Government's legitimate right to regulate and pass laws protecting the environment would be protected.
Greens co-leader Russel Norman says the catch is in the word legitimate.
"Who decides what is legitimate? If a case is brought, it will be an international tribunal deciding that, not the Government," he said on Friday.
Dr Norman told Radio New Zealand the tribunal would ultimately decide what the Government could or could not do.
He says tobacco companies would be able to sue over regulations forcing them to sell cigarettes in plain packets, and oil companies over rules around drilling which would be costly to comply with.
Mr Groser has told Parliament the TPP negotiations still have a long way to go.
"No decisions have been made, no documents have been put to ministers, this is just another beat-up," he said.
The TPP is an extension of a free trade agreement between New Zealand, Brunei, Chile and Singapore which has existed since 2006.
Countries negotiating to join it are Australia, Malaysia, Peru, Japan, the United States and Vietnam.
The talks started four years ago and the next round starts in San Diego on July 2.
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16/06/2012 12:26:52 p.m.
Dave, the TPPA means Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. There are 9 countries including Australia, New Zealand, and the USA. What Tim Groser and John Key are protecting is the right for American corporations to sue the New Zealand government if the laws are changed and affects these companies' profits. That means if we put a tarrif on cigarrettes then Philip Morris can sue, Nationalize state assets, we'll be sued, cap pharmaceutical prices, sue by the US pharmaceutical companies, fracking, again Tap will sue the heck out of us. In other words, John Key is selling our sovereignty to the US corporations like with SKY City. Then, he'll leave NZ and go back to work for Bank of America. Some are calling this agreement treason and I agree with them. Australia is pro US and even they are not going to go along with this.
15/06/2012 9:59:29 p.m.
What the heck is the tpp?
15/06/2012 2:54:01 p.m.
Chris Ball wrote:
Just ask Australia how thyey have benefitted from their FTP with the USA: zilch, zilch, and zilch!!!
15/06/2012 1:00:38 p.m.
Does that mean Th Pm will be out of the country again with his 25 support team on the 2nd July?And miss parliament again on the 3rd.
15/06/2012 12:37:45 p.m.
Typical Neo-con, BRING BACK - Austrian Economics!!!GO GREEN!!!
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