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Letter to the editor – How much will a ‘free’ trade deal with Sth Korea cost us?

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Frank Macskasy - letters to the editor - Frankly Speaking

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from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>
to: NZ Herald <letters@herald.co.nz>
date: Mon, Mar 23, 2015
subject: Letter to the editor

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The editor
NZ Herald
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On 23 March, John Key and Tim Groser signed a “free” trade agreement with South Korea (before Key scooted back to New Zealand to prop up National’s lame-duck candidate in the Northland by-election).

Key tried his best to push for the benefits of the NZ-Korea FTA by claiming;

“At the moment, New Zealand exports into Korea attract $229 million a year in duties. Tariff reductions in the first year of the FTA alone will save an estimated $65 million.”

It may well “save” exporters $65 million in tariffs.

But how many jobs will it create?

Before New Zealand opened it’s borders to imports from low-wage economies, our unemployment was much lower. In 1981, the Five Yearly Census showed unemployment numbering at 60,258.

Thirtytwo years later, after trade liberalisation; abolition of tariffs; and other so-called “free” trade initiatives, the 2013 Census showed unemployment to number at 153,210 – two and a half times more than the early 1980s.

Perhaps it is just as well that we have cheap goods pouring in from China and elsewhere. We certainly have more unemployed to purchase them.

 

-Frank Macskasy

 

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[Address and phone number supplied]


 

References

TV3 News: NZ signs Korea free trade agreement

1983 New Zealand Yearbook – Unemployment

2013 Census QuickStats about national highlights


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Latest Horizon Poll – Who paid for survey questions on mass surveillance/data collection?

23 March 2015 2 comments

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A recent Horizon poll had the usual mix of political and business-oriented questions. It is usually fairly easy to get a rough idea who commissioned certain questions in a poll. In this Horizon poll, received on 19 March, it seems fairly obvious that a powerco and peer-to-peer/crowd-equity -under commissioned two sets of questions.

The last set of questions, though, related to the topical issue of mass surveillance and data collection.

Note the bottom of page 20. Someone is very keen to know how the public feel about John Key’s “management of the issue of the mass interception of personal data”.

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Horizon poll - GCSB - mass collection of personal data - mass surveillance

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Horizon poll - GCSB - mass collection of personal data - mass surveillance

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Horizon poll - GCSB - mass collection of personal data - mass surveillance

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Horizon poll - GCSB - mass collection of personal data - mass surveillance

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Horizon poll - GCSB - mass collection of personal data - mass surveillance

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Horizon poll - GCSB - mass collection of personal data - mass surveillance

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Horizon poll - GCSB - mass collection of personal data - mass surveillance

 

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Horizon poll - GCSB - mass collection of personal data - mass surveillance

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Horizon poll - GCSB - mass collection of personal data - mass surveillance

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Horizon poll - GCSB - mass collection of personal data - mass surveillance

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Note the questions on the page below;

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Horizon poll - GCSB - mass collection of personal data - mass surveillance

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Horizon poll - GCSB - mass collection of personal data - mass surveillance

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Horizon poll - GCSB - mass collection of personal data - mass surveillance

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Horizon poll - GCSB - mass collection of personal data - mass surveillance

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It will be interesting to know what the results are. And even more interesting to know who commissioned the questions relating to mass surveillance/data collection?

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Max Bradford

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