Democratic process on the TPPA abused yet again

Press Release – Barry Coates Throughout the six years of secretive TPPA negotiations, the Prime Minister promised that there would be an opportunity for people to have their say in Parliamentary processes. However, the so-called democratic process has been a systematically … What’s the rush? Democratic process on the TPPA abused yet again Throughout the six years of secretive TPPA negotiations, the Prime Minister promised that there would be an opportunity for people to have their say in Parliamentary processes. However, the so-called ‘democratic’ process has been a systematically undermined and abused. The TPPA Inquiry makes a mockery of the role of Parliamentary Committees to provide scrutiny of international agreements and ensure accountability of government Ministers. The latest signal that government was not taking the process seriously was the decision to cut the preparation time for the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee report from four weeks to five days. It’s Our Future spokesperson, Barry Coates commented: “This is an insult to the 330 submitters who have given oral evidence, and over 3000 submitters to the Inquiry.” “The only way that a report could be completed in five days is if the National Party members who make up the majority on the Committee blatantly ignore the public submissions and merely regurgitate the government position.” The Committee’s processes have been rushed from the start. The Committee refused to extend the...

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