Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Trade; Order for the Production of Documents
At the request of Senator Wong, I move:
That the Senate—
(a) notes That the United States Trade Representative has undertaken to publish the full text of all free trade agreements negotiated on behalf of the United States of America (US) 'well before' signing to invite further comments from the US Congress and the US people;
(b) resolves That the Australian Senate and the people of Australia are entitled to scrutinise proposed agreements before signing; and
(c) orders that there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Trade, the full text of the proposed Korea Australia Free Trade Agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and other bilateral and plurilateral trade agreements at least 14 days before signing.
Question agreed to.