Centre Alliance, Greens oppose TPP-11, Labor under pressure
September 10, 2018: The Australian reports that Senator Rex Patrick has said the Centre Alliance will block the implementing legislation for the TPP-11 unless the deal is significantly amended, which would require re-opening of negotiations with 10 other countries.
The Greens have publicly opposed the TPP-11. The Katter Australian Party have also said they will oppose it, meaning that if Labor says no, the legislation will not pass the Senate.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions opposes the TPP-11, arguing it will weaken labour-market testing and empower multinational companies to sue governments using investor-state dispute settlement.
ACTU president Michele O’Neil told The Australian on September 9: “We believe it’s a bad deal for working people and encourage all parties to vote against the enabling legislation”.
Two Senate inquiries into the TPP-11 are due to report on September 18 and October 10.
The Morrison government is pressing Labor to support the legislation. Labor’s caucus is debating a formal position on whether or not to support the TPP-11 this week. If the implementing legislation is not passed, Australia would not ratify the TPP-11 which the Turnbull government signed in March this year.