​Media Release

Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper: one week left to have your say

5 December 2014

There is one week left to have your views heard on a range of new proposals and policy suggestions included in the Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the Green Paper includes some fresh ideas on a range of vitally important issues for the future of our nation including trade, infrastructure, drought support and finance.

“I said I wanted to hear the big ideas—I was looking for new policies to truly support our farmers and see our strong agricultural sector continue into the future. The Green Paper certainly delivers with options to consider from 25 diverse policy themes,” Minister Joyce said.

“Now it’s about whittling these ideas down and deciding what’s really important to take into the future, particularly given the tight fiscal environment we are working in.

“The deadline for submissions is next Friday 12 December, so I want to make sure that everyone has had the opportunity to tell us what is important.

“As a nation, we need a competitive and innovative agricultural sector—a sector that increases farmgate profitability, has expanded export and trade opportunities, and strengthens our rural and regional communities.

“We’re looking to farmers to tell us about the most important ideas and the policies we should focus on to take agriculture forward—so feedback will be very useful.

“Now is the time to help shape Australian agriculture into a stronger, more profitable and more sustainable sector,” Minister Joyce said.

To read the Green Paper, or provide a submission in response, visit: https://agriculturalcompetitiveness.dpmc.gov.au