Lead­ers air con­cern for ag shifts

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...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.”

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