Tim Flannery in The Guardian.
Tim Flannery in The Guardian.
Former Mana party leader Hone Harawira has written an open letter to US president Barack Obama, asking him to hold off on signing the TPP and inviting him down under to "go fishing, have a feed and a few beers".
In his letter he compared Maori in New Zealand with American Indians, saying because of the Treaty of Waitangi, "our people suffer the same levels of deprivation in housing, justice, employment, education and health as Native Americans".
He went on to write:
"We want to be able to look after our lands, our forests, our rivers and our seas just like the Treaty said we could, not just for Maori but for everyone in this country, and we're really scared that the TPPA is going to make our fight an impossible one.
"Maori aren't even allowed to look at the TPPA before it gets signed off, and from what we hear it'll compromise our sovereignty as Maori and as New Zealanders. We also hear that it will let foreign companies sue our government for protecting our rights (which admittedly they haven't been that good at for the last 175 years!).
"And we hear that this TPPA will take priority over our Treaty, and that we will be denied the rights guaranteed to us by the Treaty and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
"And that sucks!"
Harawira asked Obama to "scrap the TPPA" and invited the president to come to New Zealand for some fishing, beers and " a feed", before sending "love to the whanau" and signing off with: "Laterz bro".
Goodes is an Indigenous Australian who plays for the Swans, has been plagued by booing whenever he is on the field - Indigenous Australians are not liked in Australia. It's especially a bad reflection on the people who support sports that are plagued by continuous racism - these people (spectators) are implicated by association. Only a complete spectator boycott of all AFL games is going to bring it home. We now hear that Adam Goodes is withdrawing form play, as he can no longer take the ongoing racial taunting.
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