Democracy sausages done, now get on with delivering red meat promises

Act quickly on promises to red meat industry, Morrison Government told


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JOBS IN MEAT: The red meat industry is a major employer of people but can't get enough skilled local workers in abattoirs.

JOBS IN MEAT: The red meat industry is a major employer of people but can't get enough skilled local workers in abattoirs.

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Two key national red meat bodies say the re-elected Morrison Government needs to act quickly on its promises to help the key sector to boost jobs and export earnings.

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Two key national red meat bodies say now that voters have tucked into their democracy sausages and re-elected the Coalition, the Morrison Government has to quickly make good on its promises to help the meat and livestock sectors.

The Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) advocated in the lead up to the election for commitments on labour and energy, reductions in over-regulation and over-due recognition that every part of the agriculture supply chain must be properly valued and supported.

Its CEO, Patrick Hutchinson, said he was looking forward to action on promises made ahead of the poll.

"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 $50.4 million for regional and remote communities and small businesses to support 50 off-grid and fringe-of-grid communities," he said.

"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 $160 million manufacturing modernisation fund.

"We extend our congratulations to Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, and Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack."

ACT FAST: Australian Meat Industry Council CEO, Patrick Hutchinson, said the re-elected Morrison Government needed to move quickly on industry problems such as high energy costs and costly regulation.

ACT FAST: Australian Meat Industry Council CEO, Patrick Hutchinson, said the re-elected Morrison Government needed to move quickly on industry problems such as high energy costs and costly regulation.

AMIC is the peak industry for Australia's post-farmgate meat sector which directly supports 100,000 jobs and added $21 billion in value to the Australian economy in 2015-16.

The Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC), the policy leadership and advisory group for Australia's 82,500 red meat businesses, also congratulated Prime Minister Morrison.

RMAC's independent chair, Don Mackay, said Australians had voted on key issues that were important to red meat businesses and given decision makers and industry a clear mandate on key areas including support for the continuation of the livestock export trade and a "hands off" approach to regulation of deforestation and vegetation management.

The Coalition had also promised increased protection for red meat businesses from activism through changes to the Privacy Act and an economic growth agenda for small, middle and large business.

"The return of the Morrison-McCormack government recognises the importance of Australia's red meat and livestock businesses that span every single electorate in this country, employ 438,000 Australians and generate $15 billion in export earnings," Mr Mackay said.

"There are many challenges from paddock to plate for our industry, including prolonged drought for farmers, rocketing energy costs and labor shortage issues for butchers and manufacturers and activism attacks on feedlots.

"Red meat is good for human lives and for the 24 million Australians that enjoy our safe, high quality and nutritious product in our kitchens, our restaurants and barbecues."

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