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Productivity Commission Inquiry Report on the Regulation of Australian Agriculture Released 28 March 2017

The Inquiry investigated the regulatory practices restricting the growth and competitiveness of the agriculture industry, particularly in Northern Australia. The scope of the Inquiry was broad, looking at:

  • Land use regulation and land tenure issues;
  • Water regulation;
  • Technology development;
  • Biosecurity and transport;
  • Food regulation;
  • Competition regulation, foreign investment and export regulation;
  • Environmental regulation;
  • Native vegetation regulation;
  • Farm animal regulation.

The Inquiry investigated these areas through identifying examples of best practice across several jurisdictions and considering ways to reduce overlap of federal and state regulation. Recommendations included:

  • Improving the effectiveness of Crown land management to integrate flexibility into the tenure design;
  • Simplifying native vegetation laws;
  • Creating water markets to improve grower flexibility;
  • Increase farm animal welfare standards and enforcement to reflect community values and scientific understanding.

The Inquiry and recommendations can be read here.

 

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