Senate debates

Tuesday, 13 October 2015


Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

4:00 pm

Photo of Nick XenophonNick Xenophon (SA, Independent) Share this | Hansard source

Before I proceed, I ask that the name of Senator Wang be added to the motion. I, and also on behalf of Senators Lazarus, Muir, Whish-Wilson and Wang, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) on 6 October 2015, 12 Pacific-rim countries signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement,

(ii) to date the text of the Agreement has not been made public, and

(iii) on 24 June 2015 the Productivity Commission released its Trade and Assistance Review 2013-14, which stated 'the emerging and growing potential for trade preferences to impose net costs on the community presents a compelling case for the final text of an agreement to be rigorously analysed before signing'; and

(b) calls on the Government to refer the text of the Agreement to the Productivity Commission for a full-scale review prior to the Agreement's implementing legislation being introduced into the House of Representatives and the Senate.


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