ALP will work to cut red tape in ag

ALP will work to cut red tape in agriculture


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Shadow agriculture minister Joel Fitzgibbon says there are layers of bureaucracy in agriculture, such as the port access code for bulk grain exports, that do not add any value.

Shadow agriculture minister Joel Fitzgibbon says there are layers of bureaucracy in agriculture, such as the port access code for bulk grain exports, that do not add any value.

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CUTTING red tape in agriculture is high on the agenda for the Federal Opposition.

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JOEL FITZGIBBON, shadow Federal agriculture minister has used a speech at the Australian Grains Industry Conference to attack red tape, protectionalist policies and anti-foreign sentiment.

Mr Fitzgibbon said the Labor Party was committed to undoing unnecessary red tape surrounding agriculture.

“The port access legislation, for instance, it is there to cover no one, it just presents added bureaucracy and adversely effect the industry.”

He said the ALP would also work to protect Australia from the growing protectionalist sentiments flourishing around the globe.

“The punters in Australia know open trade is important, they are not against foreign workers, so long as they don’t displace Aussie workers.”

Mr Fitzgibbon said Australia’s agriculture industry did not need any protectionalist policies to survive.

“Implementing any policies along these lines would send the wrong message about our industry – we have a premium product and a thriving sector that does not need propping up.”

Instead, he said the ALP’s policy priorities in agriculture would be to reinvigorate the supply chain.

“Ag can’t be healthy without a healthy supply chain and it frustrates me when the industry sees everyone outside the farmgate as an enemy.”

Answering a question from a Chinese delegate at the conference, Mr Fitzgibbon said the ALP would be welcoming to Chinese investors.

“The ALP is non-discriminatory; there will be the same rules for investors from all countries,” he said.

He said the party would not look to attach conditions to any investment deals but would instead seek to broker a deal through discussions to maximise the broader benefits to the nation from any capital injection.

The story ALP will work to cut red tape in ag first appeared on Farm Online.

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