Government to add TPP legislation to political bonfire

The weapons-grade wailing from the left-wing will continue unabated as John Key announces that TPP enabling legislation will be introduced to the House.

New Zealand will make another step towards progressing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) when legislation is introduced in Parliament next week.

The law changes are required to bring New Zealand’s domestic rules into line with the 12-nation trade agreement.

Legislation will be tabled in Parliament on Monday, and is expected to get its first reading on May 12.

A select committee completed nationwide hearings on the TPP yesterday, and will produce a report to Parliament tomorrow.  

A separate round of public consultation will take place on the TPP law changes, though it will focus more narrowly on the specific changes to rules around copyright, tariffs and other areas.

In a speech today to the NZ Institute of International Affairs at Parliament, Prime Minister John Key launched a charm offensive on the TPP.

It was New Zealand’s most significant trade deal, he said, opening up access to 800 million consumers around the world.

Mr Key also belittled opponents of the agreement, who he said flared up and fell away again quickly “because nothing much of substance is ever raised”.

“Most of what is in TPP is also in our existing China and Korea FTAs, neither of which has killed off democracy, wrecked the environment, led to wholesale obesity, or whatever the current anti-TPP message is,” Mr Key said.

The disconnect from the left-wing, but in particular Labour, over free trade is hilarious. Labour have thrown away their internationalist credentials and supplanted them with a protectionist mentality.

I guess that was always going to happen with a union boss as leader. They’ve never really been progressive in their thinking, driving through life navigating via the rear view mirror.


– NZ Herald


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  • Toby

    Ha ha. Now the TPPA is being used as a distraction against lawyer gate. While the flag was used as a distraction against the TPPA. Now all they need is something to replace the flag as a distraction and the circle of life will be complete.

    • Isherman

      That’s easy. The tweet from Andrew Little’s Twitter account as outlined in the ‘fairies’ post of today. Needs a name though, Twitter-gate?, Fairy-gate? PressSec-gate? Just wait for it:)

      • Effluent

        “compassion-mask slippage” gate?

      • Spiker


        • Isherman

          Wasn’t me – gate could be a goer.

    • Annoyed

      Ironically, none of those things is actually an issue. The Left are simply seeing conspiracies etc everywhere they look – anything announced will be seen as “a deliberate distraction”.

  • Effluent

    I should have been a union leader, given my natural propensity to a pessimistic view of the world, but I get up every morning, and tell myself that contrary to my irrational fears, the sky didn’t fall in yesterday, and that somehow, it has not done so in the 60 odd years of my existence, so perhaps today will also pass without the end of the world arriving. (I am not the first person to employ this piece of self-motivation; I believe it originated with the Stoic philosophers, but I can’t find the reference in a quick web search)

    Perhaps Little Andy should try this simple technique, and he might then find that his existence is more tolerable; but then he’d have to find some alternative gainful occupation.

  • Andrewj
  • Andrewj

    And Trump just won Indiana, so it’s goodbye TPP.

    • axeman

      Not so sure as I guess you are assuming Trump will win the presidency, and really if you recall the USA weren’t apart of it to start with, then joined in as they know the power shift in the world economy is to the Asian economies and to be left outside it would not be a good result for them. Trumps is a businessman through and through and if he wins he’ll be forced to look at it on its merits.

    • JohnO

      It may be goodbye USA in the TPPA but not the other countries who negotiated the agreement , and the 2 or three other countries who would like to join it.

      • Tom

        If the uS pulls out the TPP will be back to nearly square!.

    • OneTrack

      So Jane Kelsey and Andrew Little are now Trump supporters.

  • contractor

    Labour and the Greens just hate the idea of the TPPA because, wait for it, increased trade increases employment!