There's been quite a bit of hand wringing and gnashing of teeth about the fact that multinational megacorps don't pay tax, in NZ or anywhere else, really. And I think it's our fault.
I presented these notes to the Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade select committee in the Christchurch City Council chambers from 14:55-15:05 on 31 March 2016.
The Select Committee listening to presentations related to the TPPA is the "Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee". It is currently made up of
The TPPA is not a Free Trade Agreement. That is simply a superficial pretence for foisting upon the citizens of the participating countries a set of clubs with which multinational corporations can beat us.
A decade ago, Microsoft was at the top of their game.
5000ish pages of TPPA text recently made public after years of top secret negotiations, was written by a group of 600ish US-based multinational corporate lobbyists and lawyers for the benefit of th
A few people in the NZ (and worldwide) are getting upset by the increasingly intense grass-roots rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
If you live in the connected western world, their cloud of brand identities is in your face all the time. They are (most of) the airwaves. They are the chain stores.
My brother (from the US) left today after a quick visit with our family tacked on to a business trip.