Report 165

November 2016

© Commonwealth of Australia 2016
ISBN: 978-1-74366-545-9

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Executive Summary



Resolution of Appointment

List of Recommendations

1. Introduction

2. Overview

  Specific outcomes
  Specific state outcomes for Australia

3. Free Trade Agreements


4. Public Perception

  Extent of public concern
  Matters of concern
  Committee View

5. Public Engagement

  Transparency during negotiations
  Modelling and measuring

6. Investor-State Dispute Settlement

  ISDS history
  How ISDS works
  ISDS in Australia
  ISDS in the TPP
  Concerns with ISDS
  Regulatory Chill
  Funding for ISDS cases
  Alternatives to ISDS
  Committee View

7. Intellectual Property

  IP in the TPP
  TRIPS-related issues
  Overlapping rules
  Safe Harbours

8. Temporary Entry for Business Purposes

  Temporary entry issues
  TPP Commitments
  Mandatory skills assessment and labour market testing

9. Tariffs

  Other industries

10. Non-tariff Barriers

  Customs Administration and Trade Facilitation
  Sanitary and phytosanitary procedures
  Technical barriers to trade
  Transparency and anti-corruption

11. Conclusion

A. Submissions

B. Exhibits

C. Witnesses

Additional comments - Report 165

Dissenting Report

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Standing Committee on Treaties
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 4002

About this inquiry

This inquiry will examine the following treaty: Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Governments of: Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States of America and Vietnam, associated side letters and proposed Australian notification on tobacco control measures (Auckland, 4 February 2016)

Past Public Hearings

07 Nov 2016: Canberra
17 Oct 2016: CANBERRA
07 Oct 2016: MELBOURNE