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Wednesday, 28 March 2018
Page: 2430


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (15:40): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: The government does not consider this reference to be necessary. When the TPP-11 treaty was tabled in parliament on 26 March 2018, it was accompanied by a national interest analysis that addressed issues identified in the proposed terms of reference. The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties examined the original Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and recommended that Australia ratify the treaty in its report of 30 November 2016. The TPP-11 has been referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, whose thorough examination will consider all relevant issues, including those in the proposed terms of reference.

Question agreed to.