Cattle Producers Australia (CPA) congratulates Minister Bridget McKenzie on her appointment as Minister for Agriculture.
Dr Paul Wright Chair of CPA said “Minister Mckenzie was instrumental in calling for the red meat Senate inquiry into the Effect of market consolidation on the red meat processing sector which has the potential to contribute to important beef industry reform.
“Minister McKenzie listened to her local farmers’ concerns and called for a Senate inquiry into the red meat industry back in 2015 after processors allegedly collectively boycotted the new Northern Livestock Exchange near Barnawartha to gain post sale weighing.” He Said.
The Inquiry exposed a lack of transparency in the marketplace and accountability across the industry. Importantly the inquiry identified that Cattle producer interests were compromised by the lack of the countervailing power of a strong independent, financially sound cattle producer representative body.
The Senate report that was handed down in September 2017 actually recommended, amongst other things, that the Federal Government provide funding assistance to the grass-fed cattle sector in its efforts to replace Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) with a transparent and accountable producer-owned body as the sector’s Peak Industry Council. The Committee went on to recommend the Australian Government officially recognise Cattle Australia (now Cattle Producers Australia) as the grass-fed cattle sector’s Peak Industry Council.
Dr Wright said “Minister McKenzie has exceptional knowledge of the cattle industry and has strongly advocated for greater transparency in our industry and we look forward to working with the new Minister.
Dr Paul Wright
Cattle Producers Australia (Implementation Committee)
“Woongarra” Taroom Qld 4420
Phone 07 4628 6185 Mobile 0438 286 185