AMIC urges Government action to protect meat industry

By Aidan Fortune

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AMIC urges Government action to protect meat industry

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The Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) has urged the Government to follow through on its pre-election promises following its victory.

The industry trade body called on the re-elected Morrison government to move quickly to implement its promises and to work closely with the meat sector.

In the lead up to the election, the AMIC called for Government commitments on labour and energy, reductions in over‐regulation, and a long overdue recognition that every part of the agriculture supply chain must be properly valued and supported.

CEO Patrick Hutchinson said it’s now time for the Government to follow through.

“As an example, we are keen to see movement on energy, including a much clearer outline of energy policy, but also action on promises including AUS$50.4m for regional and remote communities and small businesses to support 50 off‐grid and fringe‐of‐grid communities. We’re also very eager for the Coalition to follow through on promises to ban unfair late payment fees and stop energy rip‐offs.

“And as manufacturers and retailers of meat products, we greatly anticipate the implementation of the promised AUS$160m Manufacturing Modernisation Fund.”

Hutchinson congratulated the Coalition on its victory. “We extend our congratulations to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack. We look forward to the announcement of the new cabinet in the next little while, and we’re keen to build on our existing strong and positive working relationship.”

The AMIC recently called attention to a labour crisis​ facing the domestic industry. Hutchinson urged all parties to address the challenge of skilled and unskilled labour in the sector.

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