Senate debates

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Questions without Notice

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

2:31 pm

Photo of Mathias CormannMathias Cormann (WA, Liberal Party, Minister for Finance) Share this | Hansard source

The shadow minister for trade proclaimed on Insiders that Labor has:

… raised some concerns in the lead-up to these negotiations …

We do worry on our side of the parliament that this is the beginning of another fear campaign against a high-quality trade agreement that is in the national interest and that we hope will strengthen growth and create more jobs.

This is a high-quality deal. The TPP includes requirements for the highest labour and environmental standards. The TPP will not affect Australia's ability to set appropriate English-language requirements, training benchmarks, licensing requirements or the temporary skilled migration income threshold. Australia's TPP commitments are consistent with Australia's existing immigration and workplace relations frameworks. It is an agreement that hopefully will receive the efficient and speediest report of the Senate in the not too distant future.

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