Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Make a submission to the TPP Senate inquiry

***UPDATE: Submissions to the TPP Senate inquiry close this FRIDAY 28 October!*** 

It's really important to make your voice is heard in the Senate, where Labor, the Greens and NXT have a majority and could block the TPP’s implementing legislation.

Your submission doesn’t have to be long, but it should be in your own words. Read on for some points you can make and an easy form you can fill out in just minutes.

If you want to do more, you can also visit or phone your local MP or Senator.

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is a massive free trade agreement involving Australia, the US and ten other countries, which reduces our democratic rights while increasing the rights of global corporations. 

The TPP is bad for:

  • Democracy. It allows global corporations to sue governments over health, environment and public interest laws. Read more.
  • Health. Medicines will be more expensive because of stronger monopoly rights for pharmaceutical companies to charge higher prices for longer. Read more.
  • Workers. Contains no real protection for labour rights or migrant workers, and removes labour market testing. Read more.
  • The environment. Lacks enforceable commitments to key international agreements, does not mention climate change and allows corporations to sue over new environmental laws. Read more.
  • Internet users. Locks in strong rights for copyright holders at the expense of consumers and internet users. Read more.

Despite all the downsides of the deal, economists and the World Bank predict few benefits for Australia. 

The Turnbull Government will try to rush the TPP’s implementing legislation through Parliament this year, to pave the way for Australia to ratify the agreement. But Labor, Greens and independent representatives could block the deal by voting against its implementing legislation in the Senate. 

For all the latest news on the TPP, follow this link.

For in-depth analysis and resources, including AFTINET’s JSCOT submission and our printable TPP flyer, click here. 


Unions say TPP destroys jobs, deepens inequality, increases health costs

18 October 2016: Unions called for the TPP to be rejected at a parliamentary hearing on Monday, citing an independent analysis showing it could destroy 39,000 jobs by 2025.

ACTU's director of policy Belinda Tkalcevic said: The TPP is a toxic combination of more power to multinationals ahead of democracy and globalisation ahead of Australian workers.

Key business group whacks the TPP: Peter Martin

18 October 2016: Australia's biggest business organisation was highly critical of the TPP at a parliamentary hearing yesterday. Rather than facilitate trade, the ACCI expressed concerns that it could actually make trade more complex, adding to the noodle bowl of complex trading terms that business has to navigate. This would further complicate compliance and costs for business. Read the full article here.

TPP not in the public interest, community groups tell Canberra cross-party forum

Media Release, October 11, 2016: Fair trade groups, public health groups and unions will argue that the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is not in the public interest, and that its implementing legislation should be blocked by the Senate, at a forum hosted by ALP MP Josh Wilson, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Senator Nick Xenophon.