The peak body representing the interests of the meat sector, which supports thousands of jobs and contributes billions of dollars to the Australian economy, has called on the re‐elected Morrison government to move quickly to implement its promises and to work closely with this important sector.
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 a long overdue recognition that every part of the agriculture supply chain must be properly valued and supported.
Its CEO Patrick Hutchinson says he is 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. 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.”
Mr Hutchinson says AMIC congratulates the Coalition on its decisive electoral 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.”