Govt refuses to reveal Philip Morris ISDS case costs
20 October 2016: Crossbench senator Nick Xenophon is threatening to an independent tribunal if the Government keeps refusing to reveal how much it cost to defend the plain packaging ISDS case brought against the Government by tobacco giant Philip Morris.
Legal costs of $50 million have been reported, but this may not include all costs.
Senator Xenophon told AAP that keeping the cost of the case secret was “outrageous” and argued that it could shed light over how “problematic” ISDS clauses such as those in the TPP can be.
Why shouldn't we know? Taxpayers are entitled to know," he said.