Inquiry into red tape

By Country News on December 09, 2015

The Federal Government has released the terms of reference for a Productivity Commission inquiry into the regulation of the Australian agricultural sector.

The inquiry will focus on regulations that impact on the local and international competitiveness of farms and agriculture.

Federal Member for Murray Sharman Stone said the aim was to remove or reduce unnecessary regulations where these regulations placed a burden on productivity on farm businesses as well as in the wider economy.

‘‘Regulations in supply chains will also be considered,’’ Dr Stone said.

‘‘The Productivity Commission will consult broadly with stakeholders as well as taking into consideration submissions made to the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

‘‘Regulations are necessary, for example, where they ensure food safety and support exports. However, poorly implemented and administered regulations can strangle business and add cost.

‘‘We need to hear which regulations do not add value, or serve to slow up the farm sector, or simply add costs. I encourage all interested people to have a say in this inquiry.’’

The Productivity Commission is due to report within nine months.

By Country News on December 09, 2015
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