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17    Primary Industries—Grass-fed Cattle Levies

Senator Whish-Wilson, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 817—That the Senate notes:

    (a)   the seven recommendations of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee’s inquiry into industry structures and systems governing levies on grass-fed cattle;

    (b)   that the Minister for Agriculture (Mr Joyce):

                  (i)   has only supported, in principle, two of the seven recommendations, and

                 (ii)   has rejected the primary recommendation, being the establishment of a legislated producer-owned body;

     (c)   that the Australian Beef Association, the Cattle Council of Australia, the Australian Meat Producers Group and concerned beef producers have presented a united voice to the Minister for Agriculture in support of the primary recommendation to establish a legislated producer-owned body; and

    (d)   that claims by the Liberal and National parties that they are supporters of the Australian beef industry are undermined by the failure of the Minister for Agriculture to support the united voice of beef producers.

Statements by leave : Senators Whish-Wilson and O’Sullivan, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put and negatived ( but see entry no. 19 ).