Wednesday, 25 March 2015
At the request of Senator O'Sullivan, I move:
That the Senate notes:
(a) the importance of the sugar industry in Australia;
(b) the unique marketing challenges that face this industry; and
(c) the importance of the current marketing arrangements within the industry that have contributed to the stable and equitable status of this industry for over 100 years.
At present the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the current and future arrangements for the marketing of Australian sugar. The reporting date is 30 April 2015, and Labor believe that the committee process should be completed before we support statements about the current marketing arrangements. Therefore, Labor will not be supporting Senator O'Sullivan's motion at this time.