Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee; Reference
God bless you, Mr President. What a rare occasion it is when I say something in the chamber. I, and also on behalf of Senators Leyonhjelm and Reynolds, move:
That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 24 November 2014:
The industry structures and systems governing the imposition of and disbursement of marketing and research and development (R&D) levies in the agricultural sector, with particular reference to:
(a) an audit of reports, inquiries and reviews relevant to this inquiry;
(b) the basis on which levies are imposed, collected and used;
(c) competing pressures for finite R&D funds;
(d) the opportunities levy payers have to influence the investment of the levies;
(e) the opportunities levy payers have to approve and reapprove the imposition of levies;
(f) the transformation of R&D and marketing into increased returns at the farm gate, including the effectiveness of extension systems;
(g) collaboration on research to benefit multiple industry and research sectors;
(h) industry governance arrangements, consultation and reporting frameworks; and
(i) any other related matter.
Question agreed to.