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Um - what's the point of a free trade agreement if it bans free trade
The general line is that the TPP is a series of chapters about de-regulating industry in order to facilitate free trade... except for the IP chapter which is all about tight regulation in order to allow companies to own their product until the end of the planet.
Oddly this means that parts of the TPP contradict. For example the overseas investor part means that (as George mentioned) overseas companies can sue our government in private court should we choose to regulate an industry.
(Aside: This actually happened in Australia where Philip Morris sued the government for regulation of cigarette packaging. When the local courts didn't work, PM moved all business offshore, declared themselves a foreign company and sued again).
The IP chapter regulates various industries meaning that implementing the TPP could see the government open itself up to lawsuits from heaps of companies.
this really is a boring topic
Can't tell if trolling but... I do sometimes wonder if that's why the media haven't done much on this. OpEds and stories in the political section of the paper don't get much traction. We need the clickbait headlines:
The Government is signing a secret deal to make your DVD player illegal!
Find out why Tim Groser thinks you should pay more for medicine
The Warehouse set for record loss under new Govt deal
US film studios set to write New Zealand law... again!
I'd say that it has more to do with the political culture of the people in the two main parties and their affinities and allegiances and ideas, than it has to do with anything else.
Well and the fact that AU and US have a FTA already in place. And from what I understand the TPP is largely similar to that FTA
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First concert avec parents was Elton John at Mt Smart in the early 90s so I must've been 11 or 12
First concert sans parents was REM at Western Springs on their Monster Tour. I was 16. The openers were Grant Lee Buffalo and Crowded House.
I went to that concert with a friend and his older brother who insisted we sit(!) at the back so we could use his binoculars to see the stage. I was heavily disappointed. The mosh pit looked so damn inviting too!
Crowded House got people to make human pyramids and stopped mid-song to point out a particularly tall one. And in between Crowded House and REM (wherein a certain demographic of the audience left) a security guy got on the mic and told some lout to stop "punching kids". Then he pointed directly at someone, yelled something and dove off the stage to tackle the offender.
Good times (as seen from afar).
I did enjoy the US press briefing which rather downplayed John Key's role:
Secretary Kerry served as the head of – took the President’s place and played a very important role in the meeting both in terms of presenting the U.S. perspective but also in helping to lead the discussion with Prime Minister Key of New Zealand. New Zealand serves as the secretariat, so to speak, of TPP, and so he played that role accordingly.
The orange and yellow swap pretty much everywhere as well (even on the logo!), and it picks up some colour down the neck that isn't on the black one.
Goddamn! I can't believe I did that
Be careful with the "we". Last time I looked Waikato shared that Super 15 trophy with a few other provinces (including the "Mighty" BOP)
::sniff:: I love you guys ::wipes away tears::