- Agriculture and Food Minister welcomes the Productivity Commission's Regulation of Australian Agriculture report
- The report, released last week, makes a number of recommendations focused on animal welfare that would improve productivity in the agricultural sector while strengthening animal welfare standards
Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan today welcomed the Productivity Commission's inquiry report into the regulation of Australian agriculture, particularly recommendations related to animal welfare.
The report, handed to the Commonwealth Government following a nine-month public consultation period, recommends establishing a standalone statutory Australian Commission for Animal Welfare to oversee enforcement of animal welfare standards.
It also recommends a review of State Government animal welfare regulation enforcement.
An independent review into animal welfare was recently undertaken in Western Australia.
Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"This report proves that strong animal welfare protections and productivity in the agricultural sector can go hand-in-hand.
"Groups like the Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen's Association are already focusing on animal welfare standards as a way to strengthen the industry.
"Just as the mining industry has found that increased scrutiny of workplace safety has in fact provided a better opportunity to analyse and strengthen workplace productivity, these recommendations pave the way for a more productive agricultural sector."
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