Labour: ‘Say no to the TPPA’

Has Labour been convinced enough by Jane Kelsey and Lori Wallach that the US will not ratify the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement to swing to all out opposition to it, punting on it not going ahead anyway? If so what if the US pulls out but the rest of the countries go ahead?

Labour have now jumped on the petition bandwagon. Political petitions are not designed to achieve change, they can’t.

They are aimed at proving a level of support for a stance.

And they are a means of email address harvesting.

There’s at least one other anti-TPPA petition running. Splitting them will split the numbers to an extent, and due to the possibility (and probability) that some people will sign both petitions the number of signatures added together will be meaningless.

But this cements Labour’s definitive opposition to the TPPA.

Sign the petition: Say no to the TPPA

The TPPA undermines New Zealand’s sovereignty and is a threat to our democracy. National has overestimated the benefits to New Zealand and negotiated it in secrecy.

Under the TPPA:

  • Our Parliament would not be allowed to ban overseas speculators from buying up Kiwi homes. Other countries, including Australia, negotiated an exemption from this clause but National failed to do so for New Zealand.

  • Foreign corporations could sue the government over policy changes seen as affecting their businesses.

  • New Zealanders’ access to life-saving drugs could be restricted as our laws are tilted in favour of US pharmaceutical companies.

Labour cannot support the TPPA as it stands and will seek to renegotiate it in government to get a better deal for New Zealanders — one that doesn’t undermine our sovereignty.

Are you with us? Add your name.

The petition:

To John Key and Cabinet:

Protect the democratic rights of New Zealand citizens. The TPPA is an attack of New Zealand’s sovereignty and democracy. That’s something that should never be traded away.

Claiming “the TPPA is an attack of New Zealand’s sovereignty and democracy” is both strongly claimed and strongly disputed.

Current number of signatures: 15,786

 

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15 Comments

  1. kiwi guy

     /  29th January 2016

    Jane Kelsey needs to be kicked out of the university along with the rest of her Cultural Marxists comrades running “Queer Theory” courses and other Progressive propaganda exercises.

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    • Iceberg

       /  29th January 2016

      Be careful what you wish for. Purging those academics that you don’t like could take alot of gallows. Then we’d have to start on the ones I don’t like.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  29th January 2016

      No, she needs to be ridiculed with facts by other academics.

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      • Blazer

         /  29th January 2016

        Wonderful idea….apart from the facts she substantiates her claims,and no one has been able to show any flaws in her conclusions.

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        • Pantsdownbrown

           /  29th January 2016

          Kelsey said exactly the same things about the China-New Zealand trade deal and look how that panned out. Her doom & gloom predictions of how New Zealand would not benefit at all proved to be the total opposite to what actually occurred.Her batting average is ‘0’.

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          • cam

             /  30th January 2016

            Have you even read the tppa? probably not! just like all the other muppits.
            If you think its a good idea for overseas corps to have more say than us about our own laws and also change the ones we have now to suit them regardless of the impact it will have on every aspect of our lives ad this land, then by all means stay as ignorant as your are and be a good little sheep.

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  2. Iceberg

     /  29th January 2016

    I wonder what Little will do when he’s done with his union job. Maybe go into politics?

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    • Blazer

       /  29th January 2016

      I hear the the ex forex gambler is considering it.His fortune has multiplied in the last 7 or so years I would bet.

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  29th January 2016

    Labour continues to put self-interested politics before principle and national interest. Quelle surprise.

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  4. Pantsdownbrown

     /  29th January 2016

    Good on Goff and mumbles Shearer for going against this hysterical nonsense – just need Cunliffe to join them and it will be a trifecta of previous Labour leaders.

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    • Blazer

       /  29th January 2016

      you forgot..Clark…then it would be a quadrella.

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      • Pantsdownbrown

         /  29th January 2016

        True……I think I read Mike Moore was in favour too so that’s at least the past 5 Labour leaders – haven’t heard Geoffrey Palmers thoughts.

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  5. Glen

     /  29th January 2016

    Let’s not go name calling but look into the facts. In my opinion, Jane Kelsey has been the most up front person to do with this argument yet. Her writings are informative and correct, she has studied what most people don’t and what she writes are from the heart, and has the continued wellbeing of true NZ’rs at heart. I’m old enough to see what’s going on and I just don’t like the way Key is “taking over & selling” OUR country.

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    • Pantsdownbrown

       /  29th January 2016

      If we had followed Kelsey’s advice we wouldn’t have signed the China trade deal – you know the one that really helped our economy and is a huge success?? Therefore she was WRONG in that the sky did not fall on our heads when we did sign that agreement. Her batting average in being wrong is only matched by a certain Martyn Bradbury. That’s the only FACT you need to know….

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      • Rob

         /  29th January 2016

        The only facts we need to know are your opinion? Just because it was a sucess once doesn’t guarantee future sucess in what may well be a totally different agreement.

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