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New Bill to Stop Secrecy of Future Deals like TPPA

Published: Tue 6 Oct 2015 01:19 PM
6 OCTOBER 2015
New Bill to Stop Secrecy of Future Deals like TPPA
New Zealand First wants to change the law so international treaties are discussed and approved by Parliament before signing, preventing any government from making blank cheque commitments on behalf of New Zealanders.
“The concerns of New Zealanders are being ignored as the Cabinet makes the decision to sign us up to the TPPA. So New Zealand First is urgently putting forward a bill to stop such anti-democratic behaviour,” says New Zealand First Spokesperson for Trade Fletcher Tabuteau.
“The International Transparent Treaties Bill will give Parliament or Select Committees the right to examine and review the terms of the TPPA and other international treaties before or during negotiation.
“There is need for a higher level of transparency when small, privileged and often out-of-touch groups get to negotiate these deals on behalf of the wider public,” says Mr Tabuteau.
“We must not allow the goodwill of New Zealanders to be abused by the government in secret treaty deals like TPPA.”
ENDS

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