Fletcher Tabuteau MP
Spokesperson for Trade
14 OCTOBER 2015
Attempt to Bring Openness to Treaty Negotiations Shot Down
New Zealand First is appalled that it was thwarted in trying to bring honesty and openness to any future deals like the
Spokesperson on Trade Fletcher Tabuteau asked Parliament today to fast-track the International Transparent Treaties Bill
to stop secrecy.
“Our attempt to restore democracy was shot down by National’s senior whip Tim Macindoe and ACT leader David Seymour.
They stood against the rights of hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who have shown their concern about National’s
secrecy on the TPPA.
“National has claimed the TPPA will be debated in Parliament, but it will not.
“There is a need to ensure future governments explain details of any treaty before they negotiate our rights away.
“As we have always said, a higher level of transparency is crucial as currently small, privileged and often out-of-touch
groups are negotiating these deals on behalf of the wider public.
“Our Bill would stop governments from making blank cheque commitments on behalf of New Zealanders.”
The International Transparent Treaties Bill would give Parliament or select committees the right to examine and review
the terms of any international treaties before or during negotiation.