Red meat reform submissions close

Red Meat Advisory Council's industry overhaul submissions close


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Submissions on the red meat industry Green Paper have now closed and will be reviewed.

Submissions on the red meat industry Green Paper have now closed and will be reviewed.

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More than 50 submissions have been received after a public consultation period for a major red meat industry overhaul.

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More than 50 submissions have been received after a public consultation period for a major overhaul of Australia's $18 billion red meat industry.

Submissions on the Red Meat Advisory Council's Green Paper, which gave options on how to better define roles, responsibilities and funding of Australia's red meat industry organisations, closed on Monday afternoon.

More than 600 stakeholders downloaded the Green Paper during the consultation period, with submissions received from producers, animal health and welfare organisations, state and federal farmers federations, Meat and Livestock Australia, Livecorp, Australian Meat Processor Corporation and others.

The document, part of an independent review of the Red Meat Memorandum of Understanding put in place 20 years ago, sets out four options for reform.

Two of the options would lead to the end of RMAC.

Lead reviewer and chair of the Red Meat Reform Taskforce Jim Varghese said he was encouraged by the response to the public consultation process.

"Our discussions with MoU signatories revealed an overwhelming appetite for reform, and the amount of interest in the Green Paper reflects that," Mr Varghese said.

"Our aim was for consultation to be wide-ranging, collaborative and constructive, and I think we have achieved that.

"I'm grateful to everyone who took time to contribute their thoughts on what a better red meat future should look like, and the taskforce will now review all submissions as we work to develop final recommendations for the best industry structure to meet increasingly urgent risks and opportunities."

The independent taskforce is expected to present its White Paper of recommendations to the federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and MoU signatories by the middle of this year.

Submissions with permission to be made public are expected to be released shortly.

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