Key says ignore TPP protesters
Tue, 04 Dec 2012 7:53a.m.
By Dylan Moran
The latest round of negotiations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement are continuing in Auckland today, and while the deal has been met with opposition by some protest groups, Prime Minister John Key is urging the public to not pay attention to them.
“The people that are opposed sometimes are just opposed to free trade and they live in a world that doesn’t want to see New Zealand intersecting globally with the rest of the world,” says Mr Key. “They’re entitled to their view but in my view they’re wrong… I think people should ignore them."
The business community has written an open letter to the Prime Minister expressing support for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations taking place in Auckland this week.
Business leaders say the deal to free up trade between 11 countries will help to build a more prosperous and sustainable region.
“Trade is so important to New Zealand, trade and foreign investment,” says Sir Graeme Harrison, chairman of the New Zealand International Business Forum and one of the signatories.
Sir Graeme disagrees with critics of the TPP who believe New Zealand will lose out to the United States in negotiations.
“The real purpose of the Trans-Pacific Partnership was to come up with a comprehensive quality agreement that will provide the platform for a wider Asia-Pacific agreement,” he says. “This is not necessarily about the United States.”
Prime Minister John Key also says criticism of the closed-door negotiations is unjustified as any deal will need to go through normal Parliamentary process, including public consultation, before it is approved.
“Ultimately the deal will, if one can be completed, will be in the public,” he says.
Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says leaked drafts of the US negotiating position show it is demanding aggressive intellectual property provisions that would roll back public health safeguards in favour of enhanced patent and data protection.
That would make it harder to gain access to generic drugs, MSF says.
The Green Party has voiced the same fears, saying the Government's drug buying agency Pharmac won't be able to buy medicines at affordable prices.
The Government says the public health service isn't up for negotiation and Pharmac won't be affected, but ministers acknowledge there are "sensitive issues" that still have to be addressed.
Negotiations began in 2007, aiming to expand the existing free trade agreement between Chile, New Zealand, Singapore and Brunei to include the United States, Australia, Vietnam, Peru, Mexico, Malaysia and Canada.
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8/04/2013 8:37:43 a.m.
If its good for john Key its definitely BAD for NZ.
25/12/2012 10:51:29 p.m.
I'm from Serbia (Europe), and I think it's very important to put China at her place! They are stilling jobs from whole world due to their cheap labor and at some point will destroy industry of every country in the world!
Europe is going very bad in every aspect cause China is stealing are jobs, it's insupportable.
It's not fair for us as average people, we can't find job because companies are leaving to China.
You all will feel it sooner or later on your skin.
If you asking me, I would hitting duties on Chinese products in all possible ways.
11/12/2012 5:03:26 a.m.
josh hutcherson wrote:
i love jhutch!
9/12/2012 4:51:02 p.m.
The best policy we can adopt is to ignore John Key and all his hollow and meaningless utterances!
8/12/2012 6:58:53 p.m.
Surprised John Key didn't have the Red Squad there to supress NZ citizens, Key wants to sell-out NZ in secret
7/12/2012 6:32:48 p.m.
I am fairly certain that this is the first step in laying the foundation for supranational government. If you look at what happened in Europe back when they first agreed to create the European Economic Community and what has happened since, you see that what started as a free trade union (which the public had consented to) has morphed, treaty by treaty, amendment by amendment, into an overarching supranational government that has more authority than individual national governments, and that the public certainly have not consented to (look up the Lisbon Treaty referendums for Netherlands, Ireland and France) It was a takeover by stealth, and I believe they are trying to do the very same to us. Be warned, this government of ours is very dangerous.
6/12/2012 11:39:25 a.m.
So I raise the point if our parliament is hamstrung by the interests of U.S. corporations why bother voting at all, dont even register, burn the registration card. Will America act surprised when this deal causes revolutions, and we create new governments.
5/12/2012 6:27:13 p.m.
Ian Todd wrote:
The issue isn't about knocking good trade deals, rather it's about the terms and conditions we may sign up to. As for any ratification in parliament, that's not really true as no amendment to the deal will be allowed. bear in mind too that almost ALL of our parliament is denied access to the text. If you want proof, Google NAFTA and see the same rhetoric and jobs from Bill Clinton before it was signed, and the ugly reality for 99% 0f North American citizens.
5/12/2012 1:55:02 p.m.
Very little of the TPP has anything to do with trade. Most of the chapters concern the installation of a parallel legal system of secret tribunals to rule over governments. Our own government and that of the US will become pretty but politically irrelevant decorations, much like the British royal family.
4/12/2012 1:26:19 p.m.
Our Prime Minister needs to remind himself sometimes that he is nothing more than a glorified public servant. We need to start ignoring him!
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