The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS -

With re­gard to Jono Nay­lor’s pitch for the con­tentious Trans Pacific Part­ner­ship Agree­ment (Tri­bune Oc­to­ber 21).

Jono trum­pets a $102 mil­lion an­nual sav­ing on dairy tar­iffs (lit­tle more than 2 per cent on traded rev­enue fig­ures) as a great win for NZ dairy ex­porters.

He omits the fact that the other ma­jor global ex­porter of dairy prod­ucts (the US!) will also en­joy the same ‘‘ad­van­tage’’. This trans­lates to an equal ad­van­tage to both NZ and the US ) In the same com­pe­ti­tion and thus in a func­tion­ing mar­ket, these ben­e­fits will equalise out as even lower prices for the buy­ers of our dairy prod­ucts.

He as­sures us we have not given up our right to gov­ern our own coun­try.

Well we have cer­tainly di­min­ished our sov­er­eign abil­ity for the fu­ture, nar­row­ing the scope of a whole range of po­ten­tial new laws that can now no longer be en­acted.

He as­sures us we shall not pay more for sub­sidised medicines – shame­less dou­ble-speak that con­tra­dicts re­cent ad­mis­sions from his own PM! If the govern­ment pays more, then as the tax-payer who funds the govern­ment, ‘‘tech­ni­cally by a de­gree of sep­a­ra­tion’’, we pay more! He cites ap­plause from big busi­ness for this agree­ment, but omits wide­spread con­dem­na­tion from large, re­spected and in­formed bod­ies within the med­i­cal, le­gal and en­vi­ron­men­tal sec­tors.

All in all, Jono’s opin­ion piece read as lit­tle more than a prepre­pared line from the song sheet they hand out to low-rank­ing Tory list ‘choir-boy’ MPs. We all know Jono can sing (and sing well to be fair), but his sales­man­ship skills on this one are not up to the com­plex­ity of the de­bate.

James Pet­tengill Palmer­ston North


As part of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity we do have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to help fel­low hu­mans, just as na­tions sup­ported us when Christchurch was dev­as­tated by earth­quakes; but ac­cept­ing refugees does not solve the prob­lem that ISIShas cre­ated, nor will it re­solve the on­go­ing prob­lem of ISIS.

The hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis of dis­placed peo­ples and the geno­cide of Chris­tians within Iraq and Syria is real, but un­less our govern­ment acts re­spon­si­bly we are go­ing to in­vite more prob­lems, ad­vanc­ing a Tro­jan-horse sce­nario. The win­ner in this cri­sis will be ISIS. A Daily Mail report cited ISIS say­ing that they would flood Europe with 500,000 refugees to over­whelm Europe’s eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial sys­tem. The Ex­press re­ported that ISIS had at least 4,000 ji­hadi fight­ers within this num­ber.

Sev­eral gov­ern­ments, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia and of­fi­cials in Cyprus and a French town are say­ing ‘no’ to Mus­lim refugees, join­ing the po­si­tion of Hun­gary, Bul­garia, the Czech Repub­lic and Slo­vakia, giv­ing pref­er­ence to the highly en­dan­gered Chris­tian mi­nori­ties, who in­te­grate bet­ter and are not a se­cu­rity threat ( and

‘‘Mus­lim coun­tries refuse to take Syr­ian refugees, cite risk of ter­ror­ism,’’ ac­cord­ing to All the oil rich Arab states are tak­ing vir­tu­ally no refugees, fear­ing ter­ror at­tacks.

Oth­ers have sug­gested that this sit­u­a­tion has been planned by ISIS to ful­fil Su­rah 2:218, the ji­had of im­mi­gra­tion, with 75 per cent of the refugees be­ing sin­gle Mus­lim men (http://vcyamer­ blog/2015/09/16/the-syr­i­an­refugee-cri­sis-com­pas­sion-or­con­cern).

While we must demon­strate com­pas­sion, we also need wis­dom in or­der to pro­tect our na­tional se­cu­rity.

Ken Rid­dle, Shan­non


New Zealand can not af­ford to take any refugees un­til ev­ery Kiwi and Kiwi fam­ily have a live­able in­come and a warm roof over their heads. There is a coun­try who spends bil­lions a year on weapons and mil­i­tary and more bil­lions on space ex­plo­ration, both which are not vi­tal to life, who can eas­ily af­ford to take the refugees, I am of course talk­ing about In­dia.

All those coun­tries that waste mega mil­lions on guns and bul­lets and other toys of slaugh­ter should have to take refugees on a dol­lar for refugee ba­sis, each mil­lion they spend on weapons they should have to take 100 dis­lo­cated souls, it’s only fair as a lot of refugees are dis­placed by weapons de­vel­oped and sold by these coun­tries any­way.

AlWin­der Palmer­ston North

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