Goff on TPP

September 28th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Fran O’Sullivan writes in NZ Herald:

Labour’s is back in business, adding his strong and rational voice to New Zealand’s advocacy for the completion of the Trans Pacific Partnership ().

Goff wants to see a renewed focus on the upside for New Zealand from achieving greater access to some of the Asia-Pacific’s economic powerhouses through a deal which will link 12 nations.

To Goff trade is New Zealand’s lifeblood.

He reckons the Labour Party has to become focused on economic growth, jobs and tax revenue – “You can’t legislate for revenue.”

Or wages!

The challenge for Labour is to interpret trade policy around its own core values. “There are huge advantages from being involved with TPP and even bigger disadvantages of being locked out. But there are defensive issues where we need to fight tooth and nail to protect interests.”

Such as intellectual property laws

Goff has had the shadow trade portfolio only since Monday but already he is signalling that the bilateral consensus that has sustained New Zealand’s international reputation for nearly three decades will be continued.

Excellent.

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13 Responses to “Goff on TPP”

  1. Redbaiter (8,039 comments) says:

    “Labour’s Phil Goff is back in business, adding his strong and rational voice”

    Sorry Fran, gagged so badly after that bit I couldn’t read any more.

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  2. Fentex (909 comments) says:

    New Zealand lives on trade, and expanding our opportunities for it would be a good thing.

    But not at a cost of holding our freedoms to seek opportunity hostage to the lawyers of wealthier countries.

    It is hard to conceive of benefits worthy enough to offset having the future closed to us if we tried to bargain for more markets for low yield primary produce at the cost of having others control what new markets and business we would be permitted.

    TPPP is not worth

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  3. Fentex (909 comments) says:

    [accidentally hit Enter there without realizing it, and lost the opportunity to edit my previous comment]

    TPPP is not worth surrendering the liberties of our minds.

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  4. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    “Labour’s Phil Goff is back in business, adding his strong and rational voice”

    And will have immediately put himself offside with Silent T’s backers, the unions because any plan like this will involve free trade agreements and the unions are not fans , to put it mildly.

    But watch the labour muppets scream in the house if any free trade agreement is mentioned by the government.

    and Fran thanks for this little gem,
    To Goff trade is New Zealand’s lifeblood

    30 years on the bludge and he’s picked this up, no slow learner this chap.

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  5. Paulus (2,568 comments) says:

    I suspect Goff does nor care a twot for what Cunliffe thinks.

    It is more than probable that Goff is out next year and will not stand again.

    Therefore he is looking after number one, in the hope that a sinecure can be found somewhere, to augment his huge pension.

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  6. Ian McK (237 comments) says:

    Once a dork, always a dork. What happened to the Triumph he was riding trying to gain traction amongst the bike brigade? I suppose this was as cosmetic as his policy statements. He, like his parliamentary losers are cosmetic; and Fran, put your keyboard in another place, you are typing shit.

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  7. duggledog (1,439 comments) says:

    Paulus

    Few transferable skills. Maybe a position on a board or something. He should just go home to his wee farm, he must have made some reasonable cash considering how long he’s been on the gravy train.

    There’s always the U.N.!

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  8. hmmokrightitis (1,572 comments) says:

    “The challenge for Labour is to interpret trade policy around its own core values”

    I suspect the real challenge for labour is finding core values they can stick to for more than 5 minutes

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  9. NK (1,138 comments) says:

    He recognizes the lurch to the left that Cunliffe and the Watermelons will take is destructive to NZ. Goff is telling them something through this little message.

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  10. Black with a Vengeance (1,732 comments) says:

    Goff is a muppet…

    End of story.

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  11. Wayne Mapp (63 comments) says:

    Well, there are fair few cheap shots against Phil Goff here, but this was an important interview.

    For the last few months Labour’s activists and a fair few few of their MP’s have effectively been campaigning against TPP (and DPF is dangerously close to the margin on this as well). So Phil has made it plain that Labour is still actually mainstream on this.

    If TPP is actually successfully negotiated, could you really imagine that NZ would not ratify an trade and economic agreement that includes Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, and the United States.

    We would have to be completely bonkers to opt out in such a case. And we won’t get everything we want. There will be changes around IP, but every negotiating state will have agreed to them.

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  12. kowtow (7,976 comments) says:

    Goff does not appear to be for trade in order to raise standards of living ,wealth and prosperity.

    It appears to be a good thing because it raises taxes!

    Same old Labour.

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  13. Fisiani (996 comments) says:

    The Cunliffe trusts Goff so much he gave his job to Shearer. Never mock The Cunliffe.

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