On 28 March 2018 the Senate referred the following to the Senate Foreign
Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 18 September
The proposed Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for
Trans-Pacific Partnership, with particular reference to:
- Australia's economy and trade;
- Australia's domestic labour market testing obligations and
laws regarding wages, conditions and entitlements of Australian workers and
temporary work visa holders;
- Australian investment;
- the effect of Investor-State Dispute Settlement
- Australia's health, environmental, social and cultural
policies, including regulation of essential services;
- rights for consumers; and
- any other related matters.
Conduct of the inquiry
Details of the inquiry were placed on the committee's website at: https://www.aph.gov.au/senate_fadt. The committee
also contacted a number of relevant individuals and organisations to notify
them of the inquiry and invite submissions by 31 May 2018. The committee
continued to receive submissions after the closing date. Submissions received
are listed at Appendix 1.
The committee held two public hearings, one in Melbourne on 30 July 2018
and one in Canberra on 20 August 2018. A list of the witnesses who gave
evidence is available at Appendix 3.
Submissions and the Hansard transcripts of evidence may be accessed
through the committee website.
Note on terminology
The full treaty name 'Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for
Trans-Pacific Partnership' will be referred to as TPP-11 throughout the report.
Quotations from submissions and Hansard transcripts that use other variations
(such as the acronym, CPTPP) have been left in their original form.
The committee thanks the organisations and individuals who participated
in the public hearings as well as those who made written submissions.
The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) conducted an inquiry
into the TPP which reported on 30 November 2016.
The Senate FADT committee also conducted an inquiry into the TPP which reported
on 7 February 2017.
The JSCOT conducted an inquiry into the TPP-11 and reported on
22 August 2018. The JSCOT inquiry held four public hearings, two in
Canberra, and Melbourne and Sydney.
Reference to other inquiries
Much of the evidence received for the committee's current inquiry
highlighted similar issues to those raised for both this committee's previous
inquiry and for the two JSCOT inquiries. While the focus of this report is the
evidence provided to the current inquiry, where it can assist to provide
context or clarity, reference will be made to the evidence from the other
This report is not an examination of all aspects of the Agreement but
focusses instead on the issues of most interest to the participants in the
inquiry. The report is structured as follows:
- Chapter 1 provides background information about the inquiry;
- Chapter 2 provides an overview of the TPP-11, including a summary
of the anticipated benefits of the Agreement;
- Chapter 3 summarises the evidence received about the treaty
making process and consultation undertaken during the development of the
TPP-11, as well as economic modelling and broader assessment of trade
- Chapter 4 will summarise some of the key issues raised by
submitters in relation to the terms of reference of the inquiry; and
- Chapter 5 presents the committee's conclusions and recommendations.
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