Are you misinformed about the TPPA?
I didn't think so, but John Key is convinced that all of us who have been mobilising and fighting against this corporate power grab are simply missing the point. We think he's missing the point. 25,000 people are marching through the streets, and 100,000 have signed petitions opposing TPPA -- and we can't be dismissed with a few words. We deserve a real conversation on the issues of TPPA, on national television.
Tell John Key to debate a TPPA expert on television, if he's so sure we're "misinformed."
Here's what John Key doesn't want you to know: The TPPA is being negotiated entirely in secret by government bureaucrats. Those negotiators are surrounded by hundreds or thousands of corporate lobbyists who are desperate to make sure the TPPA is a boon to their CEO's profit margins.
What little has leaked out about the TPPA makes us very nervous. It will give massive multi-national corporations the power to decide our laws on everything from the price we pay for medicine to the food we eat. If we try to fight back, they'll sue our government in secret courts to claw back lost profits from us.
Corporations suing entire countries isn't rhetoric: it's happening right now.
Philip Morris, the tobacco giant, is suing Australia at this moment because of plain packaging laws designed to save the lives of everyday Aussies who would otherwise die of tobacco-related illnesses. Taxpayers there have already shelled out a whopping $50 million fighting Philip Morris in a court in Singapore.
When politicians like John Key disregard our protests as misinformed, he's been repeating a pattern he's gotten away with for years: putting big companies profits before our well-being. But the days when he can get away with that are numbered -- and we're going to expose his flimsy arguments and self-interested policies once and for all.
Let's tell him to share the spotlight with one of those "misinformed" protestors he's so sure exist, and win the argument in a real debate -- not just through media spin.
Let's make John Key know we're not "misinformed" by holding a public debate.
Key: TPPA protesters 'misinformed'., 3News, 17 August 2015