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Hartsuyker welcomes release of agriculture Green Paper

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Luke Hartsuyker MP Assistant Minister for Employment Federal Member for Cowper


21 October 2014

Hartsuyker welcomes release of agriculture Green Paper

Federal MP Luke Hartsuyker has welcomed the release of a Green Paper on agricultural competitiveness by Federal Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce.

The Green Paper promotes 25 policy themes and was released by Minister Joyce on Monday.

Mr Hartsuyker said Australian agriculture is crucial to the nation’s future economic growth and it was important that the Government gets the policy settings right.

“The growth in Asia and the importance of food security will provide Australian agriculture with the unique opportunity to capitalise on our quality produce and our direct access to Asia-Pacific markets,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“However, it’s essential our primary producers are competitive, innovative and there is substantial investment in the sector to enable it to expand.

“I know Barnaby Joyce is absolutely committed to increasing returns at the farm gate.

“The Green Paper represents the next step towards the development of the final blueprint for the future of agriculture in Australia.

“The paper is essentially the result of consultation with farmers, industry and community representatives about what’s required to expand the agricultural sector and boost regional development.

“Issues ranging from infrastructure, through to finance, research, education and drought are all included in the document.”

Minister Joyce said the Government was committed to ongoing consultation.

“I said I wanted to hear the big ideas, to shake things up—I was looking for new policies to truly support our farmers and our strong agricultural sector into the future,” 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.

“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,” Minister Joyce said.

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Mr Hartsuyker said anyone wanting to help shape Australia’s agriculture policy agenda should make a submission. Submissions are due 5pm EST 5 December 2014.

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