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Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Page: 9400

Senator MILNE (TasmaniaDeputy Leader of the Australian Greens) (16:42): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

   (i) the announcement by the Prime Minister (Ms Gillard) of Australia's in principle agreement to the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement,

   (ii) the Productivity Commission report noting the failure of free trade agreements to live up to the benefits claimed by successive governments,

   (iii) the Government's failure to release for public scrutiny the draft text of the agreement under negotiation,

   (iv) calls by 25 community groups ranging from pensioner groups to the Australian Council of Trade Unions to have the draft text released,

   (v) the bids by American pharmaceutical companies to use the agreement to delay the release of generic drugs and to undermine the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme,

   (vi) the failure of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to identify significant benefits to Australian primary producers,

   (vii) the reported failure of the agreement to include minimum standards for labour or environmental protection,

   (viii) the concern about reported changed rules for local content in Australian film and television, and

   (ix) the reported proposed changes to government procurement rules and reported inclusion of an investor state dispute process; and

(b) calls on the Government to immediately release the draft text of the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.

Question put.

The Senate divided. [16:43]

(The Deputy President—Senator Parry)

Question negatived.