Join us in Wellington 4th December and Auckland 27th November
Want to help us test an ads-free Geekzone? Register for webpass now

Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

1204 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 266

Topic # 82579 2-May-2011 16:10 Send private message

Interesting .. and also a WTF!?!?

DRZ  Smarterer

Create new topic
2260 posts

Uber Geek


  Reply # 464533 2-May-2011 16:23 Send private message

Mark: Interesting .. and also a WTF!?!?

Yeah, in the other thread it was widely speculated that the the bill was forced through to try and help a Free Trade Agreement with the US.  Seems like has almost been confirmed!

I have moved across the ditch.  Now residing in Melbourne as a VOIP/Video Technical Trainer/Engineer. 

7961 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 370


  Reply # 464592 2-May-2011 18:09 Send private message

Not surprising in the least, America has become quite the corrupt plutocracy.

If you look at Australia who already have a managed er I mean "free" trade agreement with the US they haven't actually benefited from it.

In bilateral agreements with the US smaller countries get beat up and ripped off (google the details on the Vietnamese FTA with the US and what happened with Catfish imports).

The lobby industry is incredibly powerful in the US, subsidies for US farmers won't ever end.  Our imports will continue to be disadvantaged and in return we get draconian IP laws.

Read the wikileaks cables, the US position is to destroy: Co-op's like Fonterra, Pharamac and generic drugs, parallel importing, format shifting, fair use etc etc.  Our fair use laws will end up weaker than the US's own (already are imo).

It's a mistake to enter anything other than truly free multi-lateral agreements with the US eg: DOHA.

Create new topic

Twitter & Pushbullet »
Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

Follow us to receive updates on your mobile device or browser via Pushbullet:

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.