Jane Kelsey: Give-A-Little fund for legal challenge to TPPA secrecy

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Give-A-Little fund for legal challenge to TPPA secrecy.

Source: Professor Jane Kelsey.

A ‘Give-A-Little’ page http://givealittle.co.nz/cause/tppnosecrecy has been established for donations to support the urgent challenge to the Trade Minister’s refusal to release official documents on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations.

Give-A-Little fund for legal challenge to TPPA secrecy.
Give-A-Little fund for legal challenge to TPPA secrecy.

The proceedings were lodged in the High Court in Wellington on 5 August, asking for the case to be accorded urgency.

The Court is being asked to declare that the Minister got the law wrong and should release some or all the information asked for, including draft texts.

This application for judicial review is being brought in the names of Consumer NZ, Ngati Kahungunu, Oxfam, Greenpeace, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, New Zealand Nurses Organisation, the Tertiary Education Union, and Professor Kelsey who made the original request.

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.

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