Essential Report

Trans-Pacific Partnership

May 27, 2014

Q. The Australian Government is currently negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a regional trade agreement involving SE-Asian nations, South American nations, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand. This is largely being conducted behind closed doors, to allow government negotiators to have open and frank conversations and compromise on elements of the deal.  Some commentators have expressed concern at the fact that no media or public are allowed to be part of this process, and the content of the deal is being kept secret.

Are you concerned or not concerned that these negotiations are closed to the public and the media?

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Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Very concerned

23%

34%

11%

33%

30%

Somewhat concerned

28%

32%

24%

37%

27%

Not really concerned

26%

21%

33%

18%

23%

Not at all concerned

11%

5%

23%

3%

3%

Don’t know

11%

8%

9%

9%

18%

51% said they were very or somewhat concerned that Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations are closed to the public and the media – 37% were not concerned.

Those most concerned were Greens voters (70%) and Labor voters (66%). Those least concerned were Liberal/National voters (56%) and incomes over $1,600 pw (47%).

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