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Release the Text

When:

Wed 6 Jul 2011, 6:00pm–7:30pm

Where: Wellington Central Library, 65 Victoria St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: RWKeller

Release the Text - public meeting.

The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is being negotiated in secret by the United States jointly with several Pacific countries including New Zealand. Initially based on the North American Free Trade Agreement the USA will seek to extract long term binding agreement to limit the New Zealand government's ability to make laws and adopt policies designed, for example, to stretch Pharmac's ability to provide medicines, or to limit promotion of tobacco products. All to the benefit of global corporations. The text of the agreement must be released so its provisions can be openly debated.

Speakers:
Jane Kelsey – Univ of Auckland. Convenor of the 'Release the Text' campaign.
Des O'Dea – Univ of Otago Wellington Medical School.
Thomas Beagle – Tech Liberty
Meeting attendees – come along and ask questions or make brief comment

What is the TPP?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), now in secret negotiations, is a proposed ‘Free Trade Agreement’ (FTA) that extends the existing agreement between Chile, Singapore, Brunei and New Zealand, adding the USA, Australia, Peru, Malaysia and Vietnam. The TPP would give special privileges to foreign investors (mostly global corporations) by limiting certain types of laws and government practices which elected parliaments might otherwise enact in the interests of their people.

This type of agreement is not new. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA, 1994) is possibly the best known and by now the most notorious. They are often called ‘free trade’ agreements but their scope is much larger than ‘trade’, while the ‘free’ mostly means freeing up restrictions on what foreign global corporations can do within a country.

The USA, as the dominant economy in the talks, will want a number of changes to NZ laws and practices in various sectors. These will include ending Pharmac's ability to provide more accessible generic drugs to New Zealanders, preventing compulsory anti-smoking labelling, and removing stringent border quarantine requirements.

About the only benefit being offered to New Zealand in return is possible (no promises), future (not now), increased access for Fonterra into the US market.

The impacts of the TPP are potentially major for NZ and we as citizens must see what is being negotiated. We must demand the government bring the negotiations out of secret, release the text, and enter into genuine consultation with New Zealanders.

The discussion will be held in the Wellington Public Library Mezzanine Meeting Room.

TPP Action Group, Wellington
Contact - tppactiongroup@gmail.com
What to do next - http://tppwatch.org/what-can-we-do/

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