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The US Congress have just granted Pres­i­dent Obama fast­track au­thor­ity to push trade deals like TPPA. It is ex­pected that trade min­is­ters will an­nounce a min­is­te­rial meet­ing to fin­ish the TPPA text in the next cou­ple of weeks. Ob­vi­ously this is now crunch time.

I have a few sim­ple ques­tions: Why is the deal be­ing ne­go­ti­ated in se­cret? I know this may be usual prac­tice for a trade deal, but surely this is about much more than trade.

I be­lieve there is too much at stake. We need to know ex­actly what our gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ting us to, be­fore the deal is done.

I’m con­cerned about the ef­fect on medicine costs, and how this will im­pact on Phar­mac?

Why are we giv­ing for­eign in­vestors to right to sue NZ? and how come our par­lia­ment doesn’t even get to have a vote? I re­ally need ur­gent an­swers to all my ques­tions

Dion Martin, Ter­race End

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