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Murray Horton's 2011 speaking tour of New Zealand
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The problems of free trade, investment
The electricity deforms
Miscellany - Bill
Rosenberg's address to the CAFCA AGM
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New The winners of the 2012 Roger Award have been announced. See also details of
winners in previous years, who the judges were, what the
Roger Award for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in
New Zealand is, and the Judges' Reports for the 2000-2011 Roger
Horton's speaking tour of New Zealand
Horton toured the North Island in April 2011, and the South Island
in May 2011 speaking on:
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
and the dangers it poses to the NZ economy and to our very
Privatisation of our public
The relentless takeover of NZ businesses
and land by transnational corporations.
The re-absorption of NZ into the US
most, importantly, how the New Zealand people can fight back;
it's too important to be left up to the politicians.
His speech is here [211
KB PDF file].
He also spoke at the Roger
Award event. There is an event calendar and media coverage
including video at
On 2 November 2011, during the campaign for the
General Election on 26 November, CAFCA held a public meeting
in Christchurch called "The
Real Issues: What are the real issues facing the people
of NZ and Christchurch this election?". Speakers were Jeremy
Agar, CAFCA Chairperson, on the Productivity Commission; Murray
Horton, CAFCA Organiser and Convenor of New Zealand Is Not For
Sale Campaign, on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA);
Bill Rosenberg, CTU Economist and Policy Director, on Privatisation;
and Mike Peters, Addington Action Organiser, on the politics
of the earthquake recovery.
the day of the event announcing the 11th Roger
Award in March 2008, the 10th anniversary of the award, a conference
was held called "Privatisation
by Stealth" [146KB PDF file].
The speakers were:
Harre, former Cabinet Minister - on the internal and external
pressures on Government to privatise (copy not available).
Sue Newberry, Associate Professor of Accounting,
University of Sydney - on the structures in place which enable
privatisation initiatives to proceed without the public
being aware - slides
her presentation [171KB PDF file].
can hear a Radio New Internationalist programme,
"Privatisation continued", with Laila, Bill, and South
African anti-privatisation activist,
Silumko Radebe from the South African Anti Privatization
Forum, at http://www.newint.org/.
Click on 'Radio' on the contents bar at the top of the page.
owns who in the Aotearoa/New Zealand news media (latest
version available 13 Sepember 2008). See the news of
it being maintained by the
Media and Democracy Research Centre at the AUT School
on overseas ownership written in the light of the Crafar Farms
sale. Vanguard Films movies are available for free viewing or
Beginner's Guide to Foreign Control, Foreign Investment in New
Zealand, Corporate Code Of Responsibility, ...
submission and other material on the Overseas Investment Bill 2005
the long-existing Overseas Investment Act, with many significant
changes, many for the worse, a few for the better.
submission on the International Treaties Bill
The International Treaties
Bill was introduced by Keith Locke MP, and followed a series of similar
proposed bills brought forward by other MPs. Its objective is to improve
the process of public information and consultation on international
agreements (such as trade agreements), and to make them subject to
Parliamentary approval before they are signed and ratified. Currently
there are no such rules for consultation, and the Cabinet has power
to approve such agreements (although the Labour/Alliance government
has agreed to a non-binding Parliamentary vote).
Also: submissions on the
Singapore free trade agreement 2000, Economic and trade relationships
with Australia 2000, Telecommunications Inquiry 2000, Electricity
Inquiry 2000, APEC Inquiry submission 1998, Overseas Investment Act
amendments: 1994 and 1998...
of Poverty, Free trade and New Zealand agriculture, Equity Conflicts
in Environment and Trade, Free Trade versus economic development ...
A new round
of negotiations is underway.
proposed 2001 New Zealand-Hong Kong Free Trade and Investment
New Zealand and Hong Kong governments held unsuccessful negotiations
in 2001 with the aim of negotiating a free trade and investment
agreement. This 64 page study found that if such an agreement
was based on the Singapore-New Zealand Closer Economic Partnership,
an existing Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement,
and the WTO, it presented numerous dangers to New Zealand.
(PDF - Acrobat - files.)
Since then an agreement has been
Foreign Investment and
APEC, Implications of the APEC agenda, APEC Inquiry submission 1998,
After APEC ...
Free Trade Agreement
Submissions on the agreement
by CAFCA and Jane Kelsey, articles on how it affects investment, our
sovereignty, economic development …
Free Trade Agreement
What price free trade with the U.S?
submission by CAFCA covering investment and a single currency with
Mike Moore, WTO Director-General
Review of Moore's latest
book, Mike Moore: A view from New Zealand ...
Electricity Inquiry 2000,
Electricity regulation in the US, The Privatisation of New Zealand's
Electricity Services, Power Frenzy: the takeover of the electricity
industry, The Deformation: "Reforms" continue to wreck the
electricity industry ...
Rosenberg's address to the CAFCA AGM in 2010; Campaign
Our Port Public (separate web site); News
media ownership in New Zealand (latest
version September 2008); Suharto and crony investments
in New Zealand; Overseas investment statistics from the Overseas
Investment Commission, 1998; The problem is not savings but investment,