Tuesday, 4 December 2018
Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement
That the Senate—
(a) notes paragraph (c) of the procedural order of continuing effect no. 20, which requires the full text of proposed bilateral and multilateral agreements be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Trade (now the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) at least 14 days before signing;
(b) notes the failure of the Government to comply with the order prior to Australia signing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP11 Agreement);
(c) insists the Government comply with the order, so Australians can consider the text of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, and all other proposed agreements, prior to the Executive signing the agreement; and
(d) requires that:
(i) the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment (Senator Birmingham) attend the Senate on Wednesday, 5 December 2018, prior to government business being called on, to explain why the Minister has not complied with procedural order no. 20,
(ii) at the conclusion of the Minister's explanation, any senator may, without notice, move a motion to take note of the Minister's explanation, and
(iii) any motion under paragraph (d) (ii) may be debated for no longer than 1 hour, and have precedence over all government business until determined, and senators may speak to the motion for not more than 10 minutes.
Question agreed to.