Press Release – Conservative Party

“It’s difficult to know whether the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) benefits our country, because the information and detail of what is actually proposed is being withheld from ordinary New Zealanders,” says Conservative Party …TPPA: Lack of Transparency is Concerning

“It’s difficult to know whether the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) benefits our country, because the information and detail of what is actually proposed is being withheld from ordinary New Zealanders,” says Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig. This lack of transparency is concerning.

“This is a continuation of what we have been seeing for some time; the government putting itself in a back room, out of the public eye, and making deals that affect us all.”

“The Conservative Party is looking for a healthy democracy where our government is transparent, and leads the way by winning the support of the people before taking action.”

“This has not been the case. If we look at the referendum on the anti-smacking legislation, or the sale of our state assets. In both cases the people of New Zealand clearly indicated where they wanted to go. The government blatantly ignored the people’s wishes.”

“New Zealanders want certainty that international agendas are not being put ahead of our best interests,” says Mr Craig. “A simple website outlining the details and the pros and cons of the TPPA would be a cost effective way to increase transparency.”

“We don’t want our country to buy into foreign agreements that cost us our jobs, freedoms, liberties or the product choices that matter to us.”

“It’s time government became ‘for the people by the people’, and far less about a select few in back rooms taking us down paths we do not want to go.”

“New Zealand’s sovereignty must come ahead of commercial interests” he says.

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