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Resolution Proposal Comparison

Comparing the Proposals


 Given that the CCA, ABA and AMPG proposals all rely on levy funds to finance their operations, these groups can no longer raise any credible argument against a representative lobby body being funded by levies.


 The main differences between the three reform proposals would seem to be that:
  • under the CCA and ABA models there would be separate bodies carrying out traditional Peak Council functions with other bodies delivering policy, however
  • under the AMPG model all representative, advocative policy setting and policy delivery functions would be carried out by the one body, and
  • both the ABA and AMPG new Grassfed Corporation would be fully funded from Cattle Transaction Levies, whilst
  • under the CCA proposal CCA would only receive 38c from each $5 Transaction Levy, and
  • Levy payers would be fully enfranchised under both the ABA and AMPG models whilst,
  • under the CCA model, levy payers would have a minority of seats, whilst corporates who purchased their seat on the board, and SFOs who represent less than 25% of levy paying cattle producers, would have the majority on the board.

Resolving the Differences

 During his closing remarks at the Roma Forum, Andrew Ogilvie the Chairman of the CCA referred to the six point ABA restructure guidelines that were set out on the screen and said:
looking at the six points there, there is not too much there that I wouldn’t agree with, may be a couple of points.  But it is not too far away from where we think you should go.”
Discussions are also continuing between the AMPG and the ABA to see if they can reconcile their restructure models in the interest of achieving unity and in order to take the cattle industry reform proposals forward.

Reform Resolutions

 After much debate and discussion, the cattle producers who attended the Roma Beef the Future Forum voted overwhelmingly in favour of the following resolutions:
  • calling for the creation of a levy funded grassfed cattle corporation;
  • receiving all grassfed transaction levies; and
  • directly setting policies for the grassfed sector of the industry; and
  • directing and controlling policy delivery through the MLA and/or other service delivery bodies;
  • together with the establishment of an independent Task Force to define the detail of the organisational restructures necessary to establish the new proposed grassed cattle corporations.
The full text of the two resolutions that were passed overwhelmingly at the Roma Forum are:
(a) This meeting supports the establishment of a new Cattle Corporation funded by the existing grassfed transaction levy with the board directly elected by levy payers to perform representative, policy setting & control policy delivery functions on behalf of the grassfed sector of the cattle industry.  I.e. Take over functions of Cattle Council Australia (and ‘liaise with’ MLA)
(b) This meeting calls on the Federal Government to establish an independent task force forthwith to inquire into the organisational structures required to meet the needs of the grassfed Cattle industry over the next decade and report back to industry and government within 3 months
It is common ground that the cattle industry organisational structures are in urgent need of reform and that the industry needs to make a unified approach to Government if the reforms are to be achieved.
If you support the call for the reform for the grassfed cattle industry organisational structures it is important that your voice be heard.

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