Televised TPPA debate called for

  • 20/08/2015
Prime Minister John Key (Simon Wong/3 News)
Prime Minister John Key (Simon Wong/3 News)

By 3 News online staff

A televised debate between the Government and a "democratically-elected expert" has been called for over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

The demand from campaign group ActionStation comes after thousands showed their opposition to the agreement throughout the country over the weekend.

"Our leaders would never sign a contract without first reading the terms, or on a 'just trust us' basis, so why are they essentially asking all New Zealanders to do the same?" says ActionStation's Laura O'Connell-Rapira.

Those opposed to the TPPA are concerned its proposed changes to intellectual property rules will push up medicine prices, slow down innovation and make public health campaigns more difficult.

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