It’s Our Future Bulletin #82

The campaign is building

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The campaign is building and the government is sounding more and more desperate. Across New Zealand members of the public are waking up to the dangers of the TPPA. The Don’t Sign speakers tour and campaign actions have mobilised and informed supporters. Now, with a few days before signing, we need to ramp up the pressure.

Events coming up soon

Up to date information is on www.itsourfuture.org.nz. Please let me know if there are any events to add at itsourfuturenz@gmail.com.

Auckland

3 February: We welcome visitors from outside Auckland and will hold a meeting on Wednesday evening. Meeting place to be advised. Please let us know if you are involved in organising TPPA actions in your community and you are coming to Auckland at itsourfuturenz@gmail.com.

3 February: There will be an Unwelcome to Auckland protest at Auckland airport for the Trade Ministers and their entourages arriving in Auckland, with banners, chants and a message that we don’t want them to sign the TPPA. Details will be posted on our website closer to the time. Let us know if you want to participate.

4 February at 12pm: Assemble at Aotea Square (Queen St side). Join the TPPA Don’t Sign march down Queen St. We invite the people of Aotearoa to join us in protest against the TPPA. This will be a family friendly event! Children and elderly will be present on the day and their safety is paramount. This will be BIG. Now is the time to unite and take a STAND!

4 February: The Trade Ministers will meet at Sky City (although they might not sign the TPPA there). There will be civil disobedience happening around Sky City. We request that any group who does so respects the principles of non-violence and does not damage the property of citizens. We have huge support from the public for the campaign and the media will be looking for photos and stories to discredit our movement.

Hikoi

The hikoi will assemble at Te Rerenga Wairua on February 1, travel through Kaitaia, Moerewa and Whangarei and will head for Auckland to protest the signing of the TPPA at Sky City on February 4 and participate in the march down Queen St at 12 midday. The hikoi will then return to Northland for the traditional welcome on to Te Tii Marae on February 5 and the march on to the Treaty Grounds on Waitangi Day. More details at Hikoi.

Waitangi

There will be actions against the TPPA in Waitangi and it is clear that the government is not welcome at Waitangi if they sign. There will be protests against the TPPA. The message is that all people are welcomed to join on 4-6

February. Bring your tents as accommodation will be at a premium, and please bring their flags and banners.

Raglan

1 Feb at 4pm: Raglan footbridge at Raglan beach, join the ‪#TPPAfreeZoneChallenge.

Whakatane

4 Feb at 8am: Information centre, walk to the Council office.

Tauranga

Actions will be at TPPA Tauranga FB page.

Hastings

4 February at 5pm: Hastings Town Clock: Anti-TPPA rally.

Taupo

4 February at 10am: Rally at Tongariro Domain. See Facebook event.

Wellington

4 February at 12 midday: Rally for Democracy and Sovereignty – assemble at the Cenotaph outside Parliament with banners, cardboard heads of government Ministers and speeches. Lunchtime.

More info on Wellington actions at TPPA Wellington FB page.

Christchurch

4 February at 12.30pm: Declare ChCh TPP Free at Christchurch City Council, 53 Hereford St.

More info on events at TPPA Christchurch FB page.

Dunedin

Info on events at TPPA Action Dunedin FB page.

The Campaign continues

They will succeed in signing the TPPA (they could do it by Email if they had to), but we will make it clear that the New Zealand public rejects the TPPA. The campaign will continue.

Governments still need to ratify the TPPA and that is looking very shaky in the US and in Canada. It is likely to be several years before ratification (if ever). This means we will be able to make the TPPA a crucial issue in the next New Zealand election.

There will be Waitangi Tribunal hearings in March. Legal experts have mounted a strong case exposing the weakness of the so-called ‘exception’ for the Treaty in the TPPA.

We will be targeting opposition political parties to strengthen their commitments to reject the TPPA, building a strong campaign around Parliamentary process to ratify the TPPA (including Select Committee hearings), winning the arguments through research and fact sheets, doing a speakers’ tour around New Zealand and getting to over 100,000 signatures on our petition. We will raise the stakes on TPPA for the election and we will defeat the TPPA, just as we have previously defeated previous attempts to get pro-corporates rights in international treaties. The campaigning ramps up from now on!

TPPA Free Zone

Congratulations to Waiheke for becoming a TPPA Free Zone (thanks Local Board rep Shirin Brown and others), along with the Octagon, Auckland Town Hall, venues across New Zealand, homes, workplaces etc. Take action and declare your community or personal space a TPPA Free Zone. See links at Facebook and Website for downloadable materials and ideas for action.

Campaign Round up

Events have already taken place in many other centres including Dunedin, Christchurch, Nelson, Blenheim, Palmerston North, 6 events in Wellington, New Plymouth and Rotorua cars against the TPPA, Auckland and many others. Let us know at itsourfuturenz@gmail.com if you’ve had a ‘Don’t Sign TPPA’ event.

There’s no space for a full round up of the great campaigns undertaken over the past week, but here are a few highlights.

Handover of the petition to the Governor-General: one  two

Dunedin declared the Octagon TPP Free with around 400 people, music, speeches and poetry here

Christchurch mourned the death of democracy at a rally with over 1500 people here

Several hundred protestors marched down Nelson’s main street here

Lori Wallach and Jane Kelsey: Don’t sign speaking tour 26-29 January

Thanks to everyone who helped organise events for the Don’t Sign speaker tour. Auckland Town Hall had an audience of around 900, then Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin were packed out. It has helped to lick the campaign up a level. Thanks especially to Lori Wallach for making it over to New Zealand at an incredibly busy time in US political lobbying, and huge thanks to Jane Kelsey who made it happen.

Sign the petition(s)

The Don’t Sign Petition is close to 50,000. The petition will be kept open during ratification so sign now and we will push it up to 100,000. http://www.actionstation.org.nz/dontsign

After declaring itself to be opposed to the TPPA (eventually backed by all MPs except for Phil Goff), Labour launched a petition against the TPPA with a target of 50,000. It has been reached in a week! They must have been surprised. Labour petition

Funding the campaign

We launched a Give a Little page to fund the speaker tour and ongoing campaigning. Please donate generously.

We acknowledge the generous support of individuals and organisations for the speaker tour:  It’s Our Future; First Union; Public Service Association (PSA); and the Council of Trade Unions (CTU). If you have other fundraising suggestions, contact Barry Coates at itsourfuturenz@gmail.com. Now is a good time to donate!

Research

We are winning the arguments and exposing the government spin on the TPPA. If you want to find out more, visit TPPA research. There are expert, peer-reviewed research papers on:

  • The Parliamentary process

  • Investment

  • Te Tiriti

  • Environment

  • The Economics of the TPPA

Also see facts sheets at our partner ActionStation TPPA facts.

 

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2015 Roger Award

People’s Choice

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The organisers of the Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2015 invite you to have your say by voting online for the People’s Choice winner.

This is an online poll only.

The field is restricted to the six finalists for the 2015 Roger Award listed at the People’s Choice Website, along with brief information about why each of them was selected.

The People’s Choice winner will be announced at the same April 30th event in Palmerston North at which the Roger Award judges announce their winner.

The judges’ choice is the actual winner of the Roger Award and, as always, will be accompanied by a detailed Judges’ Report and Financial Analysis. There will be no equivalent reports about the People’s Choice winner.

Votes close on Friday April 29th.

Cast your vote at here

Please help to publicise the People’s Choice poll. Spread the word.

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It’s Our Future Bulletin #82

Upcoming Events

TPPA signing Auckland, 4 February

The secrecy-obsessed New Zealand government finally admitted that the signing would take place in Auckland but still hasn’t confirmed the date (although Chile and Peru governments did) or a location, although it almost certainly won’t be at Sky City as previously rumoured. Apparently the delay in confirming a date is because some governments (possibly Canada, Japan, Malaysia) haven’t fulfilled their pre-signing procedures – neither has New Zealand. The lack of a democratic mandate isn’t holding our government back. Hopefully several TPPA nations may decide not to sign.

mnThe signing is largely symbolic but governments will try to use it as an opportunity to talk up the TPPA in the media. It will be signed by Trade Ministers (Todd McClay has replaced Tim Groser – we don’t yet know whether Groser will be there). Whatever happens the campaign is not over! This is not the final step by any means. The TPPA still needs to be ratified in NZ and opposition is growing in the US. There is more campaigning coming up. See TPPA campaign overview, democracy vs TPPA blog.

Lori Wallach and Jane Kelsey: Don’t sign speaking tour 26-29 January

In the lead-up to the signing, leading US critic of the TPPA and the most knowledgeable person about what’s happening in Washington, Lori Wallach the Director of Public Citizen Global Trade Watch, will join TPPA expert Jane Kelsey for a short speakers’ tour. See It’s Our Future website for downloadable posters. Lori and Jane Kelsey will speak at:

Auckland Town Hall on 26th January at 7pm – with a political pane including Andrew Little (Labour) tbc, Metiria Turei (Greens), Fletcher Tabuteau (NZ First) and Marama Fox (Maori Party).

Wellington, St Andrews Centre on the Terrace on 27th at 7pm

Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral on 28th at 7pm

Dunedin at Burns Hall, Moray Place on 29th at 7pm

These events will be free, with a donation requested. Arrive early, because it’s first come, first in the door, and we are going to try to fill these venues!!

Funding the campaign

Our Give a Little page to help fund the TPPA campaign page is now live. Please donate generously  because we have no money at present and we are incurring big costs for the campaign (around $10,000 for the Auckland Town Hall meeting alone). This account will support the costs of these events and ongoing campaign actions over the next few months. If you have other fundraising suggestions, contact Barry Coates at itsourfuturenz@gmail.com. We acknowledge the generous support of individuals and organisations and will include a list of those in the next Bulletin. So please let them know that now’s a good time to donate!

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A round up of events over the next few weeks follows. This isn’t all of them because many are still being planned. The list will be updated in the next Bulletin.

Send details to Chantelle Campbell at itsourfuturenz@gmail.com.

Dunedin
29 January at 7pm: Don’t Sign Tour: Lori Wallach and Jane Kelsey at Burns Hall, Moray Place. Free event, donations please.

30 January at 12=2.30pm: Rally to declare the Octagon a TPP Free Zone with a range of different groups joining together in activities, speakers and music.

More info on events at TPPA Action Dunedin FB page.

Christchurch

20 January 12-1.30pm: Save City Care, Keep Our Assets Picket at City Council Building, Worcester Boulevard Entrance.

28 January at 7pm: Don’t sign tour at Christchurch cardboard cathedral.

30 January at 2pm: Reject the TPPA rally at Cathedral square.

4 February at 12.30pm: Declare ChCh TPP Free at Christchurch City Council, 53 Hereford St.

More info on events at TPPA Christchurch FB page.  

Wellington

19-28 January: There are a series of local meetings coming up:

19/1 Newtown
20/1 Johnsonville
21/1 Lower Hutt
23/1 Otaki
26/1 Wainuiomata
28/1 Upper Hutt

27 January at 7pm: Don’t sign tour – Lori Wallach and Jane Kelsey at St Andrews Centre, The Terrace. Free event, donations please.

30 January at 1pm: assemble at the Governor-General’s residence for a handover of the petition. Details to come.

4 February lunchtime: assemble at the Cenotaph outside Parliament with banners, cardboard heads of government Ministers and speeches. Details to come.

More info on Wellington actions at TPPA Wellington FB page.

New Plymouth
30 January at 1pm: Puke Ariki Landing, 1 Ariki St. TPPA picnic to launch a week of action with speakers and petitions.
 
Tauranga
See car protest below, and other actions will be at TPPA Tauranga FB page.

Raglan
1 Feb at 4pm: Raglan footbridge at Raglan beach, join the ‪#TPPAfreeZoneChallenge.

Hamilton
23 January at 12-2pm: Rally at Base Shopping Centre, Te Rapa Rd.

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26 January at 7pm: Don’t sign tour at Auckland Town Hall. As well as our keynote speakers there will be a political panel with Andrew Little (Labour) tbc, Metiria Turei (Greens), Fletcher Tabuteau (NZ First) and Marama Fox (Maori Party).

31 January all day (tbc): There will be a Protestival all day in an Auckland park. This will be a peaceful, family friendly event with music, speeches (not too many), stalls, workshops, NVDA training and event planning. Details to be advised in the next Bulletin. All welcome.

3 February: We welcome visitors from outside Auckland and will hold a meeting to discuss plans for the events coming up. Time and venue to be advised.

3 February: There will be an Unwelcome to Auckland protest at Auckland airport for the Trade Ministers and their entourages arriving in Auckland, with banners, chants and a message that we don’t want them to sign the TPPA.

4 February at 12pm: Join the TPPA Don’t Sign march down Queen St. Lunchtime campaigners can then peel off and the rest of us will join others at our campaign base in nearby Victoria Park for music, speeches and campaign news.

4 February: We don’t know the venue for the meeting but there may be people who will want to go there to occupy the venue or block access. There may also be other civil disobedience happening around the signing. We request that any group who does so respects the principles of non-violence and does not damage the property of citizens. We have huge support from the public for the campaign and the media will be looking for photos and stories to discredit our movement.We will try to organise billets for visitors in homes and on a marae. Please Email itsourfuturenz@gmail.com if you want accommodation.

Waitangi

There will be actions against the TPPA in Waitangi and it is clear that the government is not welcome at Waitangi if they sign.

Nationwide
30 January at 10pm: Check out the fantastic Cars against the TPPA protests that are happening in Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, Palmerston North, Hamilton, Tauranga, Auckland and Whangarei.

Local Action
Take action in your community. Declare your community or workplace a TPPA Free Zone.

Call on Councils to take action through the TPPA Policy Solution based on Auckland and Wellington District Council resolutions.

‘Don’t sign’ Petition
The Don’t sign petition is up to 33,000 signatures after one week. Thanks to our friends at ActionStation for hosting. Spread it far and wide. We need to let the government (and the media) know that the is no democratic mandate to sign the TPPA. Let’s aim for 100,000 signatures by the time of signing.

Petition to the Governor General
The petition to the Governor General to exercise his powers to prevent the government from signing the TPPA is getting out there. Please volunteer to collect signatures. The petition has gained visibility and support from a Bryan Gould article showing the tight government control of public accountability mechanisms.

Research and Fact sheets
This is going to be a big week for our research information. The expert peer-reviewed research papers are being launched this week for the Environment, te Tiriti and Economics of the TPPA. There’s lots of good info in there so please visit the TPP Legal website. The latest information across all the issues in the final TPPA text is in the Key Issues paper.

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TPPA

Nationwide Meetings

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Declare your spaces to be
TPPA Free

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With President Obama signalling the beginning of the 90 day period,  the TPPA could be signed as soon as the beginning of February. Now is the time to declare NZ TPPA FREE!

As a nation we are well known for declaring our country nuclear free, and now we need to make a stand to keep NZ TPPA Free. We encourage you all to declare your homes, work places, schools, businesses, cars, clubs and neighbourhoods as TPPA Free Zones.

Make signs, print signs and erect signs that declare your spaces to be TPPA Free. Let everyone you know to declare their spaces as TPPA Free as well.

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Hikoi for Homes

November 21st

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Housing is a basic human need

Housing is a basic human need and access to decent quality, affordable and safe housing should be seen a human right. This means that our society and more specifically the State has an obligation to ensure that everyone living in New Zealand always has access to adequate and secure housing. We believe that this obligation means that housing needs to be considered as more than a commodity whose allocation is decided entirely by markets and the profit motive

Get Active – Support the Campaign 

The Campaign Kaupapa

The groups leading the Hikoi believe that because housing is a basic human need access to decent quality, affordable and safe housing should be seen a human right. This means that our society and more specifically the State has an obligation to ensure that everyone living in New Zealand always has access to adequate and secure housing.  The groups further believe that this obligation means that housing needs to be considered as more than a commodity whose allocation is decided entirely by markets and the profit motive.

The Hikoi will be run by CPAG with support from many other community members and organisations including AAAP, Unite Union and First Union. ‘

Campaign Asks

  • An immediate stop to the sell-off of state and council housing
  • A $1 billion annual budget for the provision more state, public and not for profit housing
  • Setting minimum standards for all rented housing
  • Greater tenure protection for tenants
  • Rent freeze for five years
  • A statutory right to be housed
  • State subsidies for modest income homeownership programmes

HIKOI FOR HOMES – Auckland 

Details Here

HIKOI FOR HOMES – Wellington

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HIKOI FOR HOMES – Christchurch

Details Here

Fundraiser concert 21 Nov – in support for the hikoi for homes

Details Here

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TPPA Bulletin #78:

DON’T SIGN!

National Day of Action

 

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14 November is another Nationwide Day of Action against the TPPA.

While negotiators were able to complete a text in Atlanta, the deal won’t be signed until mid-February at the earliest. Saturday 14 November is another Nationwide Day of Action to stop the TPPA, and we need a huge turnout of people to send a simple message that even this government can understand: DON’T SIGN!

With such a poor deal on the table, that shouldn’t seem too difficult a decision. The Government’s rosiest predictions on tariff cuts – a miserable $259 million a year by 2047 – are nothing compared to the influence that foreign investors will get over our public policy decision-making if this deal will goes through.

What we need now is for people to grab their flags and placards, join their local rallies this Saturday 14 November, and send a strong message to the Government saying DON’T SIGN this toxic deal.

Day of Action Events Saturday 14 November

Kerikeri – 2:30pm at Kerikeri Library

Auckland – 1:00pm at Myers Park

Hamilton – 1:00pm by Cock and Bull Te Rapa

Tauranga – 11:00am at Red Square

Rotorua – 1:00pm, at the Village Green – Corner of Whakaue St and Memorial Drive

Gisborne – 12.30pm, at Elgin Shops

Palmerston North – 1:00pm, The Square

Wellington – 1pm at Midland Park

Nelson – 11am at 1903 Square – near the church steps

Christchurch – 2pm, Cathedral Square

Little River – 1pm, Craft Station

Timaru – 1pm, Bay Hill Piazza

Dunedin – 11am at the Railway Station

Invercargill – 1.30pm – 3pm, Invercargill Library Meeting Room, TPPA Public Meeting

There are a bunch of posters available from the bottom of this page if you want to do some postering in your area!

TPPA Text Finally Released

On 5 November the Government finally released the TPPA text. This came a month after the negotiations were concluded, giving the government a month-long period to spin their story in the media while campaigners still had little to work with. Professor Jane Kelsey said that the released text reveals ‘major holes in the government’s “fact sheets”‘, while It’s Our Future’s spokesperson Barry Coates said it was a “shameful reminder of the secrecy, spin and corporate deal-making that has characterised this shabby deal.”

Right now a team of experts from a wide range of fields are working to provide concise analyses of the most important parts of the text. Once these are available, It’s Our Future will be converting these into short, easy-to-read documents.

Labour Party Conference

The TPPA is still a hot issue in the Labour Party, with many grassroots Labour activists and unions pushing the party to take a stronger stance. Andrew Little’s keynote speech didn’t mince words on the issue:

I’m telling you, when it comes to undermining our democracy and our sovereignty in the TPPA, I am totally opposed and I will fight with every fibre in my body to stop it, to resist it, to make sure it never happens in New Zealand.

This blog from Professor Jane Kelsey explains how the TPPA crosses all five of Labour’s Bottom Lines, not just the question of foreign ownership of housing.

Failed Safeguards in Investment Chapter

International arbitrator George Kahale (chairman of Curtis, Mallet-Provost, Colt & Mosie LLP, an international law firm), whose core business is defending states being sued under ISDS, has an article in the Guardian in which he points out the critical loopholes in TPPA’s much-maligned investment chapter. He points out that the ‘safeguards’ provision (Article 9.15), that refers to a carve-out for “matters sensitive to environmental health, or other regulatory objectives” is effectively negated by the words “unless otherwise consistent with this chapter”. Kahale sees much of the chapter’s drafting as an improvement on previous agreements, however all of that narrow drafting is undermined by the chapter’s ‘most favoured nation’ (MFN) clause (note, the article is written from an Australian perspective):

Essentially, an MFN clause is tantamount to a classic wipeout move. It would enable foreign corporations from TPP states to make a claim against Australia based on the ISDS provisions in any other trade deal Australia has signed, no matter which country it was signed with. That means it does not matter how carefully the TPP is drafted: foreign investors can cherrypick another treaty Australia has signed, and sue the Australian government based on the provisions included in that treaty. Kahale has described MFN as “a dangerous provision to be avoided by treaty drafters whenever possible” because it can turn one bad treaty into protections “never imagined for virtually an entire world of investors”.

Including an MFN clause in the TPP was a “major mistake”, Kahale argues, and another reason Australia is still wide open to being sued for legislating to protect the environment.

Shareable Media

Below are a bunch of shareable (facebook cover size) images with quotes from Joseph Stiglitz, Noam Chomsky, Dr Erik Monasterio and Professor Jane Kelsey about the TPPA. Get sharing!

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Hihoi For Homes

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This is a CALL TO ACTION. It’s time to make some collective noise about the housing crisis. We’re going make it known, from one end of Aotearoa to the other.

Come along and bring your friends, whānau, flatmates and anyone you know who is struggling with the lack of affordable housing- that should be nearly everyone you know.

Toddlers are dying in unfit homes, homelessness in Auckland city is exploding, state tenants are being evicted, emergency housing providers are full to capacity, private rents are skyrocketing. We have a Government that insists the market can provide us affordable housing, but the facts on the ground tell us different. “The market” is forcing many onto the streets.

Join us to affirm the right to housing. Everyone deserves a home.

DIARY November 21st

Check out www.hikoiforhomes.co.nz for more information on times and transport options!!

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Government’s snow job on TPPA now exposed

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‘As expected, access to the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement reveals major holes in the government’s “fact sheets”’, says Auckland University law professor Jane Kelsey.

An initial review of the most controversial chapters confirms that New Zealand will have to comply with onerous new obligations and lose the future capacity to regulate in ways that an elected government thinks appropriate.

The investment chapter goes beyond New Zealand’s existing agreements in numerous ways. For example, a foreign investor from a TPP country that is party to a contract for oil exploration, a PPP contract for water, sewage or toll roads, or a mining or forestry concession with central government or an SOE exercising a delegated power, can use the controversial investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) process if it wants to claim its rights are breached, even if the contract requires them to use NZ courts or some other dispute mechanism.

Foreign investors, notably from the US and Japan, gain special rights not available to New Zealand investors, which are commonly used to challenge new regulations that adversely affect their business. In New Zealand, where risk-tolerant light handed regulation is the norm, that poses major problems for a future government wanting to regulate in the public interest.

As the government conceded, the categories of investment where the rules can be tightened have been constrained, and existing regulation of various services and investments are locked in so they can’t be made more restrictive in the future.

Some of the so-called protections for environment, health and regulatory objectives in the investment chapter are a nonsense – they allow the government to do what the chapter allows the government to do. The wording of the annex on expropriation, which supposedly restricts the scope of indirect or regulatory expropriation – where regulations are challenged for eroding the value of an investment – is weaker than other New Zealand agreements.

The general exception provision, which provides only weak protection for public health or environment measures at best, does not apply to the investment chapter. Instead, there are highly contestable rights to adopt rules for ‘legitimate public policy’ reasons, but those apply only to some rules and will be interpreted by ad hoc investment arbitrators.

There are some attempts to rein in the ISDS process, but they do not address the major concerns. The arbitrators are still likely to be drawn from a small club (often referred to as the mafia) who are also investment lawyers; there are no conflict of interest rules, merely that they must be developed before the agreement comes into force; there is no appeal; compound interest can still be awarded; and the kinds of damages that be claimed are still extensive.

A further, fundamental problem is that investment tribunals have proved adept at reading down or circumventing attempts to constrain the adventurism of the tribunals, including provisions on which parties to the TPPA claim the right to make binding interpretations that the tribunals must follow.

The tobacco-specific exception applies only to disputes brought by investors under the investment chapter, where a country opts to exclude it. Unlike the proposed Malaysian carveout for tobacco control measures from the entire agreement, it does not apply to other chapters, such as labelling rules, intellectual property, or the investment chapter itself. (Australia’s plain packaging law is currently facing a dispute over labelling and intellectual property in the WTO).

There is at least some provision for countries to impose capital controls, which does not exist in standard US FTAs. But it is circumscribed by almost impossible conditions.

There are serious new constraints on financial regulation, including of cross-border financial transactions and data flows, which require further careful study.

The unprecedented State-owned Enterprises chapter has three complex principal rules, which will create major problems for SOEs that provide integrated services both within and outside the country or produce a mixture of goods and services. The procedural requirements are commercially intrusive and provide scope for harassment by other TPPA parties on behalf of their corporations.

The chapter will create particular problems for the creation of new SOEs that require a capital injection and subsidisation or other special treatment or the provision of guarantees – for example, the proposal to establish a new state-owned insurance company.

The intellectual property chapter has already been leaked and analysed. Copyright is extended by 20 years in two tranches; New Zealand is the only country that has to make changes immediately.

The highly sensitive area of biologics is far from secure. New Zealand’s negotiators say they consider our current process satisfies the obligation. But there is a very high risk that the US will demand that we adopt its interpretation of what is required and refuse to ‘certify’ our compliance (a pre-requisite for the agreement to come into force with the US) until we provider a longer effective monopoly on those new generation pharmaceuticals. In addition, the rule comes up for renegotiation in 10 years, by which time biologics will be a much more dominant part of the medicines budget.

The transparency annex that affects Pharmac’s processes will increase its administrative burden and a new review procedure provides Big Pharma with a new opportunity to challenge Pharmac’s decisions.

These comments confirm the predicted problems in the text. Full analysis of the different chapters will follow, with expert peer reviewed papers being released over the next few weeks.

Full Details here

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TPPA~> National day of Action

It’s time for NZ to unite and take the biggest stand that we have seen in our history!

It’s time to STAND UP against the TPPA!

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  Stand Up for our Sovereignty!

Stand Up for Democracy!

Stand Up for Human Rights!

Stand Up for the Environment!

Stand Up against Corporate Control!

Save the date of Saturday 14 November! More details to come!

More regions to come!

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