Update on TPP ratification process in Australia
6 September 2016
The inquiry by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties was interrupted by the early election, but will resume with public hearings likely in October. After the inquiry, the TPP implementing legislation will be introduced to Parliament, and the aim remains to legislate this year.
But the Committee is dominated by the government and relies on a report done by DFAT, which negotiated the deal. A Senate Inquiry could produce a more independent and critical report.
The TPP will not proceed without US legislation and ratification. Both US presidential candidates oppose the TPP, and a majority in Congress is opposed. It would be unwise for the Australian government to rush the implementing legislation when the US Congress may not approve it.
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