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Meridian on Rio Tinto “We’re not dealing with Grandma”

Comment  Even before the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter opened in 1972, it was the subject of the same controversy now playing out. Right from the word go, governments have capitulated to hard-ball Aussie corporates – first Comalco, now Rio Tinto – who only ever invested in converting Aussie bauxite to ...

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Show Up or Hand the Keys to China? – TPP in 2013

Comment  Watching TPP in 2012 was watching a chess game in slow motion.  It was clear that a lot of thinking was going on, there was much jostling for position and it got a bit personal at times as people seemed to be plotting feverishly to get all the pieces ...

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Show me the Money – Penny Macdonald

Comment  Having been involved both directly and on the periphery of many trade negotiations over the past couple of decades, it is always intriguing to ferret around in the background to ascertain who is seeking to influence the process.? Who are the well-funded, ever present lobbyists with distinct commercial positions ...

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Alan Oxley – Kyoto is buried, time for new thinking

The Kyoto Protocol died in Copenhagen in December 2009. Why, then, are climate change officials, including our own, meeting a third time since then and, instead of finalising burial arrangements, still talking about extending Kyoto to tackle climate change? The answer is simple: the international community of climate change officials ...

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‘Zip It Sweetie’ – Macdonald dishes it to Kelsey

Comment  When the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks were in Dallas, it was both inspiring and enlightening to be with a range of Asia-Pacific business representatives talking about the opportunities afforded to countries and companies through opening up trade and developing economic ties. Same thing in San Diego. Much of the media ...

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TPP trade talks matter for New Zealanders and jobs

By Stephen Jacobi TPP negotiators meet in Auckland this week to further a plan to create jobs and growth. Everyone agrees — an unemployment rate of 7.2 per cent is unacceptably high. What is less clear is what can be done about it. New Zealand is not alone in this ...

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Columnist Charles Finny – Way ahead for US

Comment  By Charles Finny As predicted in my last contribution to newzealandinc.com  President Obama made it home and will run the United States for another four years.  The Republicans have some lessons to learn and uncomfortable facts to digest, particularly around the changing demographics in the United States.  To win ...

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Ernest Z. Bower – Obama trip shows purposeful Asia Focus in second term

By Ernest Z. Bower Forty-eight hours after winning reelection to a second term, President Barack Obama announced he would visit three countries in mainland Southeast Asia—Cambodia, Myanmar, and Thailand—from November 17 to 20. Actions speak louder than words; the visit shouts Obama’s intent for a purposeful focus on Asia in ...

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