Business in New Zealand is backing the TPPA, but the Media Party insists on calling them lobbyists. They don’t, of course, give any such labels to Marxist protestor Jane Kelsey and her band of fellow travellers.
But business spokespeople? Well, they are lobbyists…and, as such, you can safely ignore what they have to say. Such are the manipulations of the Media Party.
Business and industry group leaders have lent their support to the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement in an open letter to Prime Minister John Key.
The agreement, which is to be signed in Auckland on Thursday, is aimed at liberalising trade and investment between 12 Pacific-rim countries – New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.
Proponents say TPP will give New Zealand better access to globally significant markets to build on the $28 billion worth of goods and services exported to member countries in 2014.
The letter has been signed by a diverse group from Beef and Lamb’s Scott Champion, NZ Winegrowers NZ’s Philip Gregan through to the NZ Forest Owners Association’s Paul Nicholls, and several business councils.
“Our major trade interests – meat, horticulture, wine, seafood, forest products, dairy and manufactured goods – will all benefit from the reduction and/or elimination of tariffs and non-tariff barriers especially in markets like Japan, the United States, Canada, Mexico and Peru,” the letter said. It would be “inconceivable” to not be part of the agreement, the groups said.