In Trade - Who Can You TrustMonday, Nov 20, 2000
Todays news briefs contain a slew of trade and financial proposals that have a potential to affect NZ
farmer’s returns in the short term future.
Globalisation of trade seems to be an obective that while promoted by many and opposed by a few,seems
to have the same qualities of the Lange Governments 80’s “level playing field”
- an academic appeal but no insight of the consequences when applied to the real world!
How will NZ’ers manage theaftermath of the sellout bythe current shareholders in what seems
to be a “lets cut the loss and get out” approach that underlys the NZ Rail and Telecoms
abandonment of continuing investment in the services they eagerly purchased and accepted responsibility
for ten years ago.
The US governments revisit to the US lamb tariff saga claiming that because the Australian and New Zealand
dollars have develued to such a degree that the tariff had been nulified the current tariff
rates should be lifted. A two faced response by the US when measured against the seemingly sensible
US proposal for the rule revision of tariffs and quotas under the WTOliberalisation of agricultural
Are these trade and investment issues so complex that our politicans and trade negotiators cannot foresee
nor influence the consequences of the forked tonguespeak of the major industrial nations?