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Tuesday, 4 April 2000
Page: 15214

Mr Martin Ferguson asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 15 February 2000:

(1) What are the details of the restructuring of the Grains Council of Australia (GCA), and how extensively was he or his Department consulted.

(2) What is the nature of the executive salary packages of the GCA's top executives relative to the previous packages, and is it a fact that the average salaries paid to GCA's top executives is $100,000.

(3) Was he or his Department consulted about the proposed salary structure and the increases proposed; if so, did he approve the increases.

Mr Truss (Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The Grains Council of Australia (GCA) is the peak policy body of the Australian grains industry, representing growers. The GCA, an incorporated body, is a Commodity Council member of the National Farmers' Federation.

The GCA is unconnected with Government and there is no obligation or reason for the GCA to consult with either the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry or myself on its restructuring proposals.

(2 and 3) For the same reasons, the question of remuneration paid to the GCA's executive is not a matter for Government involvement.