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Ratifying the TPPA makes no sense

By   /  May 12, 2017  /  24/7 News, Barry Coates, Economy, Work, & Welfare, Environment & Resource Management, Fair trade, Green Party, investor state dispute, ISDS, Opposition News, Politics, TPP, TPPA, Trade, Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement  /  Comments Off on Ratifying the TPPA makes no sense

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Ratifying the TPPA makes no sense The recent high-fiving between the government and agricultural exporters over ratification of the TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement) is empty gesture politics in an election year. Ratification by New Zealand means nothing. New Zealand law changes are not implemented unless […]

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Free trade backers are simply out of touch

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  24/7 News, Barry Coates, chartered accountants, Economy, Work, & Welfare, exports, Fair trade, Free trade, Free Trade Agreement, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, TPP, TPPA, Trade  /  Comments Off on Free trade backers are simply out of touch

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Free trade backers are simply out of touch Are the backers of free trade out of touch with public opinion? This was the question asked when the Chartered Accountants launched their Future of Trade study. I was astonished by the answer in a room of […]

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National’s new trade agenda looks backwards not forwards

By   /  March 24, 2017  /  24/7 News, Barry Coates, Bill English, Economy, Economy, Work, & Welfare, export, Exporters, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, smart green economy, The Issues, TPPA, Trade, value add, World Trade Organization, WTO  /  Comments Off on National’s new trade agenda looks backwards not forwards

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: National’s new trade agenda looks backwards not forwards Today’s announcement on trade by Bill English amounts to more of the same. More trade deals that will deliver increasingly modest benefits far in the future. This is a justification for their current approach, not a trade […]

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Bad Idea: TPPA without the USA

By   /  February 16, 2017  /  24/7 News, Barry Coates, Bill English, Economy, Work, & Welfare, Fair trade, Free trade, Green Party, ISDS, Malcolm Turnbull, Opposition News, Politics, TPP, TPPA, Trade, Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, USA  /  Comments Off on Bad Idea: TPPA without the USA

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Bad Idea: TPPA without the USA News that Prime Minister Bill English is expected to try and resuscitate the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) when he meets with his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull this weekend makes me question why English is intent on flogging this particular […]

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Helping kids or billionaires?

By   /  February 9, 2017  /  24/7 News, Barry Coates, corporate welfare, Economy, Work, & Welfare, Green Party, inequality, Investment, multinational tax avoidance, NZVIF, Opposition News, Peter Thiel, Politics, Sky City, SkyCity, Society & Culture, Steven Joyce  /  Comments Off on Helping kids or billionaires?

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Helping kids or billionaires? So many issues boil down to a question of values – these shape the choices that we make. The values of our Government have again been revealed this week. They are choosing to use taxpayers’ funds to help big business, instead […]

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Re-think trade deals for a fair and clean economy

By   /  January 30, 2017  /  24/7 News, Barry Coates, Climate Change, Donald Trump, Economy, Work, & Welfare, EU, Fair trade, Free trade, Free Trade Agreement, Green Party, NBR, Opposition News, Politics, Sierra Club, TISA, TPP, TPPA, Trade, trade agreements, Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, TTIP, USA  /  Comments Off on Re-think trade deals for a fair and clean economy

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Re-think trade deals for a fair and clean economy Donald Trump didn’t kill the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), popular opinion did. Trump – and Hillary Clinton for that matter – wouldn’t have campaigned against the TPPA if they didn’t think that would align them with […]

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RCEP trade deal risks repeating TPPA mistakes

By   /  December 9, 2016  /  24/7 News, Barry Coates, Economy, Work, & Welfare, Environment & Resource Management, Fair trade, Free trade, Green Party, ISDS, Opposition News, Parliament, Politics, RCEP, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, The Issues, Todd McClay, TPP, TPPA, Trade, Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement  /  Comments Off on RCEP trade deal risks repeating TPPA mistakes

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: RCEP trade deal risks repeating TPPA mistakes The lesson from the demise of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) should have been that it is time to re-think this type of so-called trade agreement. But despite warnings from internationally-recognised experts, there are more secretive “trade” negotiations […]

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We need to work smarter not longer

By   /  December 5, 2016  /  24/7 News, Barry Coates, capital gains tax, Economy, Economy, Work, & Welfare, Green Party, incomes, manufacturing, OECD, Opposition News, Parliament, Politics, Productivity Commission, smart green economy, student visa fraud, The Issues, wages, work  /  Comments Off on We need to work smarter not longer

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: We need to work smarter not longer The charade of this Government’s sound economic management is unraveling. Misleading GDP figures, pumped up by property speculation and high immigration, have given the impression that all is well, masking our continued productivity decline compared to OECD countries. […]

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Barry Coates’ speech on the final reading of the TPPA Amendment Bill

By   /  November 11, 2016  /  24/7 News, Barry Coates, Economy, Work, & Welfare, Free Trade Agreement, Green Party, interception, Justice & Democracy, Opposition News, Parliament, Politics, Speech, The Issues, TISA, TPP, TPPA, Trade, trade agreement  /  Comments Off on Barry Coates’ speech on the final reading of the TPPA Amendment Bill

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Barry Coates’ speech on the final reading of the TPPA Amendment Bill Barry Coates’ speech on the final reading of the TPPA Amendment Bill, 10 November 2016. Tēnā koe, Mr Assistant Speaker. I rise to talk on the third reading of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement […]

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The TPPA is dead – what next for trade?

By   /  November 10, 2016  /  24/7 News, Barry Coates, Donald Trump, Economy, Work, & Welfare, Election 2016, Green Party, ISDS, Opposition News, Politics, President Trump, Society & Culture, TPP, TPPA, Trade, Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Trump  /  Comments Off on The TPPA is dead – what next for trade?

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: The TPPA is dead – what next for trade? Top of the “to do” list for incoming President Trump (it will take a while to get used to writing that) are changes to trade policy. Number one is rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). […]

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The TPPA Hikoi

By   /  November 5, 2016  /  24/7 News, Barry Coates, Global Affairs, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, TPPA  /  Comments Off on The TPPA Hikoi

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: The TPPA Hikoi On Thursday we welcomed Rachel Thomas and her children, Tema, Pita and Jai, along with a large group of supporters from Christchurch, to Parliament as part of their hikoi ‘It’s Our Children’s Future. I had the pleasure of hosting the hikoi on […]

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Barry Coates on his first weeks in Parliament

By   /  October 21, 2016  /  24/7 News, Barry Coates, Green Party, Opposition News, Parliament, Politics  /  Comments Off on Barry Coates on his first weeks in Parliament

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Barry Coates on his first weeks in Parliament Week one in Parliament has been quite an occasion. I would like to share the experience. I had given up on the prospect of getting into Parliament before the election and had been enjoying the diverse work […]

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