October 08, 2015
Fox queries Maori absence from TPPA
Marama Fox and Hillary Clinton have something in common.
They both oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, despite it being the policy of the respective governments they support.
She says the Maori Party supports the National-led Government because it believes in partnership and being at the table, but it hasn't has a look in to the deliberations around the 12-country free trade pact.
"Now where is this supposedly ground-breaking trade agreement and where is the voice of Maori in there, where was the consultation with iwi, where was the consultation to ensure Maori interests were being protected while we sign ourselves and commit ourselves on things that are going to have an impact on us for a very long time into the future," Ms Fox says.
She doesn't know what is in the TPPA, but on there evidence of previous free trade agreements there will be nothing in there to address issues like poverty and homelessness.
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