Ag Industry Advisory Council meets
18 November 2015
The success of the Agricultural Competitiveness and Northern Australia white papers in delivering practical benefits for farmers is high on the agenda at today’s Agricultural Industry Advisory Council (AIAC) meeting in Brisbane.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, said the council was a link between government and the agriculture sector, essential to informed, consultative decision-making.
“The Ag and Northern Australia white papers are about articulating clear policies and delivering practical actions to secure agriculture’s primary role in our nation’s future,” Minister Joyce said.
“Now we are delivering on a wide range of measures from drought support and fairer tax arrangements to encouraging trade and strengthening biosecurity, it’s important to hear how this is impacting farmers at the farmgate.
“Also, for the first time, I look forward to the invaluable discussion and insight the council can bring to water policy and the government’s goal to deliver the triple bottom line of economic social and environmental benefits.”
The meeting will also cover some of the key agricultural issues in Queensland as well as Country of Origin Labelling, deregulation, regional mobile phone coverage and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Agricultural Enforcement and Engagement Unit.
As well as face-to-face discussions, the 11 council members will take part in a tour of the port of Brisbane, Queensland’s largest multi-cargo port.
The AIAC was established as part of the Coalition Government’s 2013 election commitments to enhance consultation with Australia’s agriculture sector.
Members of the council represent a broad cross-section of Australia’s primary production sector, including dairy, beef cattle, sheep, fisheries, forestry, horticulture, grains, wine and wine grape growing. Council members also come from every state and the Northern Territory, making it a truly representative body.
Minister Joyce said he appreciated hearing directly from people who have an active and ongoing engagement in primary production, and the council provided a valuable forum in which to discuss both current and longer term issues affecting Australian agriculture.
“I thank the council members for giving up their valuable time, not just today, but since the council was first established, for participating in this important forum on behalf of their industries and helping to ensure Australian farming has a bright future.”
The council has held five face-to-face meetings and three teleconferences since it was established. Council members will meet again next year.