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The Financial Press, even Wikipedia are reporting that the Australian Parliament has ratified the TPP-11. We have not. What we did was pass the parcel of tariff changes that bring Australia into compliance with the schedules in the TPP. That is all we have done. The bill did not ratify the agreement, which was not explicitly mentioned in the context of ratification.

What was passed?

Customs Tariff Amendment (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation) Bill 2018 - A Bill for an Act to amend the Customs Tariff Act 1995, and for related purposes. reference

AND

Customs Amendment (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation) Bill 2018 A Bill for an Act to amend the Customs Act 1901, and for related purposes reference

These 2 bills certainly introduce tariff and access rules that one could imagine are in the TPP. It does not mention any of the other provisions, including intellectual property, ISDS and dispute resolution. In this regard it is clear that Australia has NOT ratified the TPP yet.

The Government agrees that it has not ratified the agreement yet.

In an open letter to Pauline Hanson, the Minister for Finance Mattias Corman made several very clear statements. These are that signing the agreement ahead of a Parliamentary vote does not make the agreement binding, and secondly, that the Government would honour public release of the document at the time that it is entered into the business of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties. Let us see.

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Here is a sample article that suggests otherwise:

TPP Passes Senate, Exporters win - Australian Financial Review

Wikipedia - Australia has ratified the TPP