The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (‘JSCOT’) is currently conducting an inquiry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Needless to say, this is one of the most significant and controversial international instruments negotiated by Australia.
This inquiry engages with almost all of our policies. The Pirate Party naturally intends to make a submission to the inquiry. If able to influence JSCOT’s, the Pirate Party and others could prevent the TPP from going ahead — as Alexander Downer himself admitted, ‘any government would need to think very carefully of the political consequences before it ignored a unanimous JSCOT recommendation.’
Submissions are due Friday, 11 March 2016. Details can be found here: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Treaties/9_February_2016
If you have notes, resources or anything else you would like to contribute, please put them here: http://pad.pirateparty.org.au/p/inquiries-plan-2016.