The government has opened up the call for public submissions on the TPPA.
We’re collecting thousands of submissions on behalf of ActionStation members, and collating them into one giant people-powered submission that we’ll present to Select Committee in the form of a video and giant letter of concern (think: a massive scroll of paper rolled out at the Committee with tens of thousands of names of Kiwis deeply concerned about the TPPA).
Will you join us and make your voice heard on the TPPA?
The government has opened up the call for public submissions on the TPPA.  The submission deadline is Friday 11th March and unfortunately the scope for real change is limited, as the Government currently has the numbers it needs to ratify the deal with or without public approval.
BUT when you take into account the fact that more Kiwis oppose the TPPA than support it , AND we have a growing number of doctors, lawyers, economists, iwi and business leaders speaking out against the deal, the Committee's report will send an important message to all political parties and MP’s about the kind of society, we, the voters, want prioritised in 2017. A society that puts the interests of New Zealanders above those of foreign multinational corporations.
We met with the folks who make Select Committees happen last week to discuss how we can ensure our collective voices are heard in the best possible way. Select Committees, for those who don’t know, are hearings where the public and experts get to feed into Parliamentary decisions with written and oral submissions that are heard by a cross-party panel of MP’s and Parliamentary staff. The advice we were given was to make interesting in-person oral submissions that the Select Committee will remember. The people who sit on Select Committees often have long days, with lots of paperwork, and more of the same, so anything we can do to make our submission stand out is going to make a splash.
So here’s the plan: We’ve set up an easy-to-use online form for you to make a submission on the TPPA. We’ll collate all of the submissions made through this form and turn it into one giant people-powered submission that we’ll present to Select Committee in the form of a video and giant letter of concern (think: a massive scroll of paper rolled out at the Committee with tens of thousands of names of Kiwis deeply concerned about the TPPA). We’re also hoping we can film the submission to document history in the making. Let’s make this the biggest people-powered submission Parliament has ever seen!
You don’t need to be an expert to make a submission, though the information at our tppafacts.co.nz is there to help inform your writing. The best, most compelling submissions are often the ones that come straight from the heart.
Power to the people,
Laura on behalf of the ActionStation team.
PS. If you’d like to make an individual submission, you can do that too! Just click here to make your own submission through Parliament’s website.
PPS. We sent a letter to the Chair of the Select Committee in charge of this process on behalf of ActionStation members. We wrote to request a longer submission period, a wide-range of research and analysis to be looked at and for Select Committee hearings to take place in a number of towns and cities across the country. You can read that letter here. We'll keep you updated as we get a response.
‘Submissions called on TPPA’, Scoop, 15th February 2016
‘Kiwis still to be convinced on TPPA’, Newshub, 20th November 2015