Thursday, 26 March 2015
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 695.
I move the motion as amended:
That the Senate—
(a) notes that the Malaysian Government:
(i) is undertaking a cost-benefit analysis of the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (the Agreement) to inform its cabinet and parliamentary decision making processes prior to signing any deal, and
(ii) is stating that they will not sign the Agreement unless it proves to be in Malaysia's interest to do so; and
(b) calls on the Australian Government to request that the Productivity Commission undertake a comprehensive socio-economic cost-benefit inquiry into the impact of the TPP on Australia; and
(c) reiterates the order of the Senate agreed of 11 December 2013 requiring the Minister representing the Minister for Trade to table the full text of the Agreement at least 14 days before signing.
Mr President, I seek leave to make a very short statement.