The Manawatu Standard reports:
Palmerston North’s voice will be added to calls for New Zealanders to be told what is in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, amid fears it will allow multi-national companies to bully local and national governments.
The city council yesterday received a deputation led by Sue Pugmire and Warwick Smith asking for it to urge Prime Minister John Key to drop the veil of secrecy surrounding the agreement.
Such a key issue for the Palmerston North City Council.
The exception was Cr Leonie Hapeta, who said she did not believe local government should get involved in a central government process.
She was the dissenting voice in a 15-1 vote.
In passing its resolution, the council joined Auckland, Nelson and Greater Wellington in calling on the Government to reveal the content of the proposed agreement.
Horizons Regional Council was to consider a similar proposal today.
Pathetic politicians, trying to make themselves feel important.
As I have said many times before, the Government is unable to unilaterally reveal the contents. To do so would see it expelled from the agreement, and never allowed into any other trade negotiation again.
Where were these moronic City Councilors when the China FTA was being negotiated? Did they demand that text be released? Of course not. It’s different when Labour does it.