Leaders air concern for ag shifts
...It will not be of net benefit to the agricultural sector
MOVING government agricultural bodies to regional Australia could do more harm than good if the “best interests” of the sector are not considered, the dairy industry has warned.
The Australian Dairy Industry Council and Dairy Australia have aired their “strong reservations” about the Federal Government’s decentralisation agenda, in a submission to a parliamentary inquiry on the issue.
Drawing on the forced relocation of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to Armidale, ADIC and DA said moving organisations could mean the loss of staff and efficiency.
The APVMA’s performance figures have plummeted in the 12 months following the planned relocation from Canberra, with more than 20 highly trained regulatory scientists quitting.
ADIC and DA said while decentralisation could benefit regional communities, “if it is done without regard to the organisation’s ability to operate effectively... it will not be of net benefit to the agricultural sector”.
“A decentralisation agenda will only be of benefit to regional communities if it is done with the best interests of farmers and the broader agricultural industry in mind,” the submission read.”