The TPPA is a ‘trade’ deal that has been negotiated in secret by New Zealand, the US and ten other countries for the past 5 years. During that time the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) have been the lead negotiators on behalf of all New Zealanders. This page looks at the processes behind New Zealand signing up to the TPPA and asks whether that process has been democratic.
FOUR WAYS THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS OF TPPA HAS BEEN QUESTIONABLE:
➜ It was negotiated in secret and all supporting negotiating documents are still secret
➜ There is no Parliamentary debate required to ratify the TPPA into law. Only Cabinet is needed to pass it.
➜ The only formal analysis of the pros and cons of the deal is conducted by the lead negotiators and approved by the National government.
➜ Public submissions to Select Committee will only be accepted after the deal has been signed.
WHO'S GONNA CALL THE SHOTS?
(Hint: Probably not us )
The TPPA takes away our democratic right to decide our own laws and policies in ways that best serve the national interest. It was negotiated in secret and there has been zero public input into the draft text of the agreement.