Monday, 8 February 2016
Questions without Notice
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
Every element of our policy is designed to ensure we get strong economic growth. Now the Labor Party at this stage appears to be reluctant to approve the TPP. I notice they are referring it to a separate Senate inquiry, over and above the work of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties. So it may be that we will see their opposition to the TPP, as we did to the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. Of course, right across the board, Labor seek to oppose important economic measures, opposing our childcare policy, which will increase female participation in the labour force. They are opposing the reintroduction of a strong watchdog on the construction industry. The return of the ABCC will create jobs, it will create enterprise and it will create investment. Labor stands in the way of all of those things.