TPP: Govt accused of "willful blindness"
3 March 2016
Economics Editor for The Age Peter Martin has questioned whether Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull - or anyone else for that matter - would mind if the TPP "fell over".
He argues that economic modelling finds the benefits of the deal for Australia to be "almost non existent," criticises DFAT's National Interest Analysis for "merely summarising" the deal, and accuses leaders of "willful blindness."
He is also critical of new Trade Minister Steve Ciobo's approach. He writes:
"Hillary Clinton is misguided. Her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership is based on "misinformation". Malcolm Turnbull's new trade minister says so.
The woman most likely to be the next US president, the former secretary of state who ran America's missions abroad, the woman who criss-crossed the world pressing flesh about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, knows less about it than Steven Ciobo."