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MEDIA RELEASEMinister for Primary Industries and Energy Simon Crean, MP

DPIE91/286C 13 November 1991

GOVERNMENT TO ESTABLISH GRAINS INDUSTRY COUNCIL

Legislation was introduced into the Senate today to establish a Grains Industry Council. .

The Acting Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, Alan Griffiths, said the Primary Industry Councils Bill also provides the framework for establishing other primary industry councils in the future.

Industry councils have existed for some time for the meat, horticulture and pig industries and one was established recently for wool. They have facilitated the development of Government policies for those industries by bringing together representatives of different sectors of industry and giving them active roles in the policy-formulation process.

The Grains Industry Council will have a major role in reviewing and reporting to the Minister on the strategic direction of the grains industry. It will have the power to convene industry review conferences for this purpose.

Mr Griffiths said that the Council would be operational by early next year, after the appointment of a chairperson and completion of other administrative arrangements.

The Council will cover wheat, coarse grains, oilseeds and grain legumes. Membership will be representative of producers, marketers, bulk handlers and processors of these grains. It will also include the chairpersons of the Australian Wheat Board and the Grains Research and Development Corporation and representatives of the Australian Agricultural Council and the ACTU.

Establishment of the Council comes at a critical time for the grains industry.

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600. Telephone: (0 6 )2 7 7 7520 Facsimile: (0 6 )2 7 3 4120

It is essential that the industry looks beyond the immediate issues of subsidy wars and drought.

Over the longer term, the industry’s future will depend on its capacity to develop and implement strategies for adapting to a rapidly changing production and marketing environment.

Mr Griffiths said a. major challenge for primary industries would be to develop long-term objectives for the future, and action plans to achieve them.

Industry councils would provide industry leaders with a focus to make a major contribution to this process.

The Government would meet the operating costs of the Grains Industry Council. Arrangements for the funding of any other councils set up under the legislation will be considered prior to their establishment.

Details of the Council's membership are overleaf.

Information: Catherine Payne, Minister's Office (06) 277 7520

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GRAINS INDUSTRY COUNCIL'S MEMBERSHIP

Chairperson .. 1

Grains Council of Australia 4

Australian Barley Marketing Federation 1

National Agricultural Commodities Marketing Association 1

Conference of Bulk Handling Authorities 1

Stockfeed Manufacturers' Association of Australia 1

Flour Millers' Council of Australia 1

Maltsters 1

Australian Oilseeds Federation 1

Grocery Manufacturers of Australia Ltd 1

Australian Wheat Board 1

Grains Research & Development Corporation 1

Australian Agricultural Council 1

ACTU 1

Government member 1

TOTAL 18