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Letter to the editor – John Key; “We’ve never been sued” (up till now)

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from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>
to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz>
date: Fri, Oct 16, 2015
subject: Letter to the editor

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The Editor
Sunday Star Times
.On   4 October 2015, on  TVNZ’s Q+A, our esteemed Prime Minister reassured New Zealanders that we had nothing to fear from the newly signed TPPA, and it’s controversial provisions for corporations to sue us.

Key insisted,  “There has never been a case taken against New Zealand…” and  “We’ve never, ever been sued…”
Barely a fortnight has passed since he uttered those resolute words on our television screens –  and New Zealand is now being sued.

Chinese corporation Shanghai Pengxin – the same company that bought the 17 Crafar Farms last year – was recently denied permission to purchase the vast 14,000 hectare Lochinvar Station.

Even the current National government believed that was a step too far.

John Key’s words that “There has never been a case taken against New Zealand…” and  “We’ve never, ever been sued” now ring hollow in our ears.

The first (of many) lawsuit by a foreign corporation has begun. With it, the beginning of the end of our sovereignty, as overseas interests now force their way further into our country, and economy, irrespective of our wishes.

And the TPPA’s provisions to allow further lawsuits by corporations has not even been implemented yet.

-Frank Macskasy

 

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References

TV1 Q+A: PM on TPP – ‘We’ve never ever been sued’

Fairfax media: Shanghai Pengxin going to High Court over Lochinver decision

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