Scoop Coverage: TPP Maui Negotiations and Revelations

Published: Fri 31 Jul 2015 11:45 AM
Gordon Campbell: On Tim Groser Missing In Action On The TPP
While rapid change is always possible in trade talks as they approach the deadline, lets assume that the offers on the table for dairy at the TPP talks in Maui won’t improve much beyond the “appallingly bad” level currently being lamented by New Zealand dairy industry participants. What is Plan B now for New Zealand? As tactical partners to date, New Zealand and Australia have found some common ground in stalling on the patent terms for medicines, particularly in the expensive, cutting edge realm of “biologics” treatments.
New Zealand has been stalling on the medicines and IP provisions in general, to try and prise that better deal on dairy from Japan, the US and Canada – while Australia has taken the same obstructive line in order to leverage better access for its sugar exports to the US domestic market. Dream on. More>>
Half Empty: Gordon Campbell On D-Day For Dairy At The TPP

While New Zealand may feel flattered at being called “the Saudi Arabia of milk” it would be more accurate to regard us as the suicide bombers of free trade... More>>
Out-Link - Radio New Zealand : TPPA
Leaked Letter: Severe Restrictions on State Owned Enterprises
Even an SOE that exists to fulfil a public function neglected by the market or which is a natural monopoly would nevertheless be forced to act "on the basis of commercial considerations" and would be prohibited from discriminating in favour of local businesses in purchases and sales. Foreign companies would be given standing to sue SOEs in domestic courts for perceived departures from the strictures of the TPP... More>>
Professor Jane Kelsey - TPPA leak reveals sweeping restrictions agreed on SOEs - TPPA leak: more worries for Labour
In Parliament: The Māori Party Stands Firmly Opposed To The TPPA
Mounting concerns about the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on tangata whenua are shared by the Māori Party Co-leaders Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell, as final negotiations continue in Hawaii. More>>
Parliament Today - Questions and Answers - July 30 - Questions and Answers – July 29Parliament Today - Parliament Today 30-07-15 - TPP Negotiations Criticised by OppositionLabour - Real cost of Pharmac betrayal revealedNZ First - No Excuses, Bring Unsigned TPPA Home for ScrutinyMultiple Sclerosis Society - TPPA implications for PHARMAC raise serious concernsHone Harawira - Hone Harawira's Open Letter to Barack ObamaOut-Link - Open source leader 'livid' at TPPA software patent capitulation | ZDNet
Gordon Campbell: On The PM’s Concessions About Medicines And The TPP
So, on the eve of the last round of talks meant to finalise the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, Prime Minister John Key has conceded that yes New Zealand will probably have to pay more for medicines under the TPP.
This is exactly what TPP critics have been warning for nearly four years, while being fobbed off as alarmists for doing so. Key’s belated concession contradicts assurances given only last October by Trade Minister Tim Groser... More>>
ALSO:Out-Link - Key admits medicines will cost more under TPP | Radio NZLabour - Dismantling Pharmac’s power a betrayal of NZGreens - Cost increase, under TPPA, must come from new funding - Sick New Zealanders will pay under John Key’s TPPANZ First - New Zealand First Shut Out of Debate on TPPAEarlier - Labour's conditions on TPP supportNZMA - NZMA calls again for independent health assessment of TPPARoyal Australasian College of Physicians - RACP calls for greater transparency ahead of talksDoctors for the Protection of Health in Trade Agreements - Issue of ballooning future medicine costsASMS - Government admits the TPPA will push up medicine costsDairy Companies Association of NZ - Better Dairy Deal EssentialNZ Taxpayers' Union - Key's Comments on TPP Medicine Costs DisturbingTV3 Video - TPPA withdrawal would come at a cost - Groser - Key: TPP benefits outweigh cons - Medicines likely to cost more under TPPA - KeyNZ Govt - Meeting with US Secretary of StateUS Department Of State - John Kerry Remarks with NZ Foreign Minister Murray McCullyTV3 Video - McCully thanks Kerry after achieving Iran agreement - Russia expected to veto MH17 tribunalJeremy Wilkinson and Megan Gattey - Post-Cab Presser: Foreign buyers register, TPP and SercoThe Nation - Patrick Gower interviews Trade Minister Tim GroserNZ First - TPPA More Important than Public ConcernOxfam - Secret trade negotiations undermining NZ’s democracyDemocrats for Social Credit - Dunne Supports Corporations Suing NZ TaxpayersFive Nations Beef Alliance - TPP must deliver, say beef producersDon Franks - Labour's TPP conditionsTreaty Claim:Te Ringahuia Hata - Our Sovereignty is Not for SaleNZ Council of Trade Unions - Urgent TPPA hearing critical to honouring TreatyHone Harawira - TPPA a low trust model

Post-Cab Press Conference: Foreign Buyers Register, TPP And Serco
At a press conference today in Wellington, John Key discussed the foreign buyers register as well as the TPP and Serco. Key was questioned on whether a stamp tax might be used as a tool to deal with foreign buyers. More>>
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