Essential Report

Suing Australian Government under Trans-Pacific Partnership

Oct 13, 2015

Q. The Trans Pacific Partnership would allow foreign companies to sue the Australian Government in foreign courts for changes in government policies that cost them money. Do you think foreign companies should or should not be able to sue the Government for losses due to changes in policy?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

July 2015

Should be able to sue

15%

18%

17%

10%

11%

10%

Should not be able to sue

62%

61%

65%

66%

78%

61%

Don’t know

23%

21%

18%

24%

11%

29%

62% think that foreign companies should not be able to sue the Government for losses due to changes in policy and only 15% think they should. Those thinking foreign companies should be able to sue has increased a little since this question was asked in July – up 5 points from 10%.
21% of full-time workers and 21% of those earning $1,600+ pw thought foreign companies should be able to sue.

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