The TPPA’s Dirty Little Secret: How US could write NZ’s Laws
From Professor Jane Kelsey, a press release dated 13 August 2014. NZ has a protest day tomorrow 7th March against the TPPA. Still everything is top secret and warning bells are continually being sounded as to what will be in store should this agreement go ahead. It is being negotiated on our behalf without our consent. Visit the website …itsourfuture (links on the TPPA page) to discover your nearest organized protest and do attend if you can
“‘Effectively, the US claims the right to decide what a country’s obligations are under a trade and investment agreement and refuses to bring the agreement into force in relation to that country until it has changed its laws, regulations and administrative processes to fit the US interpretation’, Professor Kelsey explained.
Statements from members of US Congress and the US Trade Representative (USTR) suggest prime targets for New Zealand would be our copyright and patent laws, the foreign investment vetting regime, the procedures by which Pharmac operates, and Fonterra’s ‘anti-competitive monopoly’.
‘The other eleven governments are aware of the certification process and many are concerned. But no one has told the public how the US can effectively redraft our laws.’
Professor Kelsey has co-authored a memorandum that draws on the experience of countries that have been subjected to the US certification process in recent years.”……
“‘In other words New Zealanders, including MPs, might never know that the US was involved in writing our laws and demanding the right to sign them off even before Parliament gets to see them’, Professor Kelsey warned.”
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