Terms of Reference

The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade shall examine the potential new members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the case for their accession based on Australia's national interests. The Committee shall have particular regard to:
the opportunity for freer trade between Australia and potential new members;
the merit of the CPTPP as the vehicle to realise freer trade opportunities;
issues related to expanding and improving market access;
the impact of other members committing to similar high standards;
issues relevant to the values, rules and norms of the CPTPP;
the role of the CPTPP as a vehicle for economic collaboration and cooperation; and
any other related matters.

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