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Inquiry into the industry structures and systems governing levies on grass-fed cattle

The ABA wishes to congratulate the minister, Barnaby Joyce, on calling for a Senate committtee inquiry into the beef industry structure and collection systems.

ABA would like you to read this review of the beef industry as we see it now. click to download ABA Review 2013 (well worth the read!)

On 12 December 2013, the Senate referred the following matter to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee (committee) for inquiry and report by 28 March 2014:

The industry structures and systems governing the collection and disbursement of marketing and research and development levies pertaining to the sale of grass-fed cattle set out in subsections 6(l)(a), 6(1)(b), 6(2)(a) and 6(2)(b) of Schedule 3 (Cattle transactions) of the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1999, including:

(a)          the basis on which levies are collected and used;

(b)         the opportunities levy payers have to influence the quantum and investment of the levies;

(c)          industry governance arrangements, consultation and reporting frameworks; and

(d)         recommendations to maximise the ability of grass-fed cattle producers to respond to challenges and capture opportunities in marketing and research and development.

The committee invites you to make a submission addressing all or some of the issues identified in the Terms of Reference. The closing date for submissions to the inquiry is 30 January 2014.

The committee encourages the lodgement of submissions in electronic form.  Submissions can be lodged via the Online Submission System which can be accessed at: https://senate.aph.gov.au/submissions or can be sent by email to rrat.sen@aph.gov.au, or by post to:

Committee Secretary Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee PO Box 6100 Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 Australia

Please note that submissions become committee documents and, absent a committee decision to the contrary, are published online. Persons making submissions must not release them without the committee’s prior approval. Submissions are covered by parliamentary privilege but their unauthorised release is not.

Please ensure that any submissions or attachments you wish to remain confidential are clearly marked as such. A covering letter, clearly outlining the specific reasons for requesting confidentiality, should also be attached to the submission. Please contact the Secretariat if you require further advice on any issues with regard to confidentiality.

For further information about the inquiry see the inquiry homepage at: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Rural_and_Regional_Affairs_and_Transport/Beef_levies or phone (02) 6277 3511.

Yours sincerely,

Tim Watling


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