Committees: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee - Reference

17 October 2019

I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator Patrick: This reference should get up. We should be looking at these trade deals closely. The reason it's not is the same reason we just had a decision by the Senate, supported by Labor, not to refer the bills to committee—the enabling legislation for these trade agreements—and it's because Labor doesn't want to highlight the fact that they are heading down the path of voting for another trade treaty that includes ISDS, against its own platform, and that does have labour market testing aspects to it. What Senator Duniam said is not quite correct. What you are doing is seeking to avoid scrutiny. Senator Hanson has indicated that she won't be supporting enabling legislation. You have the numbers to stop this. You just need the courage of conviction. (Time expired)

The PRESIDENT: The question is that business of the Senate motion No. 6 in the name of Senator Lambie be agreed to.

Question negatived.

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