WoolProducers Australia welcomes the announcement of the Australian Labor Party’s (ALP) Cabinet and looks forward to working with the newly sworn in Government over the next three years.
The new ALP Cabinet features a number of representatives for rural Australia in key portfolios and WoolProducers congratulates Senator Murray Watt as the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Don Farrell as Minister for Trade, the Honourable Tanya Plibersek as Minister for Water and the Environment and the Honourable Madeline King as Minister for Resources and Northern Australia.
WoolProducers is an apolitical organisation and works with the government of the day to ensure positive outcomes for all Australian woolgrowers.
WoolProducers President, Mr Ed Storey said, “There are a number of key Ministers that we will look to work with in the Albanese Government to ensure that Australian woolgrower interests are considered when relevant decisions are made by the ALP”.
WoolProducers is keen to learn more about the ALP’s pledge of bolstering biosecurity arrangements, particularly the establishment of long-term, sustainable funding arrangements to strengthening Australia’s biosecurity system.
“The establishment of a sustainable biosecurity funding mechanism was a primary election priority of WoolProducers. With the changing risk profile of Australia in terms of increasing threats from Emergency Animal Diseases (EAD), it is more important than ever to ensure that we as a nation are protected from EAD incursions”. Mr Storey said.
WoolProducers also aims to work with the ALP and educate them about the raft of animal welfare practices that Australian woolgrowers undertake to ensure the health, welfare and productivity or our animals.
Mr Storey said “WoolProducers expressed concern in the lead up to the election regarding the ALPs policies regarding animal welfare, which seemed to be heavily influenced by animal rights activists”.
“WoolProducers will ensure that the government understands the great lengths that woolgrowers go to in looking after their animals, as outlined in our Trust in Australian Wool campaign.” Mr Storey said.
As an incredibly trade exposed industry with over 90% of Australian wool exported, it is imperative that positive trade relations are maintained and expanded on.
“WoolProducers looks forward to this government capitalising on existing Free Trade Agreements signed with key trade partners, including India, Indonesia and the UK”. Mr Storey said.
Other ALP policies of which WoolProducers are looking to influence now that the Cabinet has been announced include agricultural workforce shortages, investing in regional roads and rail, better connectivity for the bush, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and manufacturing.
WoolProducers Australia contacts:
Jo Hall, CEO
0488 554 811
Ed Storey, President
0438 309 500
About WoolProducers’ Australia WoolProducers plays a critical role in working closely with companies and entities funded by woolgrower funds including compulsory levies or fees for service.
Its mission is to develop constructive and profitable outcomes for woolgrowers nationally.
The agency is responsible for appointing a director to each of the Australian Wool Exchange and the Australia Wool Testing Authority, promoting good corporate governance and ensuring that the interests of growers are met.
WoolProducers maintains a working relationship with Australian Wool Innovation as the voice of woolgrower shareholders. It aims to contribute to AWI’s programs for the benefit of growers, promoting responsible use of levy funds and ensuring good corporate governance.
WoolProducers is the sole wool industry member of Animal Health Australia, and as such, carries a significant responsibility for decision making on behalf of the industry in the event of an emergency animal disease outbreak.
As the only wool grower organisation with membership of the National Farmers’ Federation, WoolProducers is responsible for providing key policy advice on behalf of our members, and other wool growers, to Australia’s peak farm body.
WoolProducers also works closely with the Federal Government Departments on key issues such as animal health and welfare, biosecurity, pest management control, natural resource management, drought preparedness, emergency animal disease outbreak preparedness and industry development, including research, trade and logistics.