PM PLEDGE TO CUT RED TAPE IN FOOD MANUFACTURING

08-10-2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has foreshadowed more cuts to red tape within the food manufacturing sector in the coming month.

Addressing industry leaders last week, the PM recognised the importance of Australia’s food and manufacturing sectors.

Mr Abbott said government would work closely with industry to remove any “burdens”  preventing manufacturers from prospering.

"My commitment to you is to keep working with you to remove any of the burdens that are holding you back because I want Australia's food and grocery industry to prosper and succeed,” he said.

"We all need your industry to prosper and succeed.

"And I pledge myself to do whatever I humanly can to make that possible."

Mr Abbott’s announcement follows the recent release of the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) annual State of the Industry report, which renewed calls to reduce regulatory burdens.

During his address, Mr Abbott backed recent comments from Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce who said that Australia should be focusing on marketing its agricultural outputs as premium products rather than attempting to become Asia’s food bowl.

"Barnaby Joyce has put the case that the market opportunities of Asia are so vast that even if we doubled, tripled or quadrupled our production in fruit, vegetables, meat and groceries, we would still only provide a fraction of the needs for food in our region and Barnaby is absolutely right," he said.

"The market's there are so vast and the opportunities are so great that there really is unlimited potential for this industry.”

Abbott said that Australia’s food and agriculture industry is vital to the nation’s economic future.

"You can't have strong communities without strong economies to sustain them and you can't have a strong economy without profitable private businesses."

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