TPP legislation passes first reading

The TPP legislation has passed its first reading in parliament yesterday:

The Trans-Pacific Partnership legislation has passed its first hurdle with support from National, Act, United Future – and one Labour MP.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill will now be considered by the Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Committee, after passing its first reading 62 to 59.

It was opposed by Labour, the Green Party, New Zealand First and the Maori Party. However, Labour MP Phil Goff voted for the TPP.

In January, Labour leader Andrew Little gave Mr Goff special dispensation to do so, because during Mr Goff’s time as trade minister he started the negotiations for the agreement’s predecessor.   

Fellow Labour MP David Shearer had told the Herald he personally supported the TPP, but later said he would be voting along party lines.

Trade Minister Todd McClay welcomed today’s vote.

“Successive New Zealand governments have pursued free trade agreements to support New Zealand’s global connectedness, maximise opportunities for exporters, and in turn grow the prosperity of the economy for the benefit of all New Zealanders. TPP is the latest in this legacy,” Mr McClay said.

I watched the opening shots in the TPP Bill debate. Perhaps, for the first time, I could see why the Labour caucus would have supported Grant Roberston as leader over the angry Little man.

For the first time in weeks, here was a speech not just with passion, but with some points that made me stop and think; above all, the kind of speech worthy of a Leader of the Opposition.

I didn’t agree with many of his points or much of his logic, but it was a well crafted and well delivered speech in opposition, which may well fan again the flames of discontent within the Labour caucus about the weakness of their current leadership.

Labour though have placed themselves in a  position where they don’t welcome free trade, they’ve become a play thing of hard left and useful idiots like Jane Kelsey. They are anti-growth, xenophobic and against free trade. Good luck to them heading into the election on that platform.

The charade was made worse with the shenanigans over Goff and Shearer’s positions. Labour just look retarded.


– NZ Herald

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