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Productivity Commission inquiry tasked to cut red tape in farm sector
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AN INQUIRY into regulation in Australian agriculture will look for ways to cut red tape and make the sector more competitive.

Treasurer Scott Morrison and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce this morning released the terms of references for the Productivity Commission inquiry.

They include pinpointing areas where red tape was holding back the farm sector, such as transport, environmental protection, native vegetation management, land tenure, animal welfare and food safety.

“Regulation has important objectives including protecting consumers from unsafe food, protecting the environment and supporting the export of goods,” Mr Morrison and Mr Joyce said in a written statement.

“However, poorly implemented and administered regulation and the cumulative impact of regulation can have adverse effects on farm businesses.”
The inquiry, which was committed to as part of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper earlier this year, will begin immediately with a report to be tabled in nine months.

In the terms of reference, Mr Morrison said red tape could “unnecessarily restrict farm management decisions and reduce investment”, while inconsistencies between states could also raise costs — raising the prospect of better co-ordination across governments.

Public consultation will be undertaken as part of the inquiry.



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