Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Hunt Blog Newsletter 17 February 2014

The Dysfunctional Divide
MLA Policy Setting and Policy Delivery
Since the Concerned Cattle Producers (CCP) electronic questionnaire submission was published on the CCP website last week, HuntBlog has received a plethora of queries seeking more information about the structural divide between MLA policy setting and policy delivery referred to in paragraph 6 of that electronic questionnaire.

Hopefully the following comments will provide some clarification:

  • under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the red meat industry organisational structures and the Commonwealth government, Cattle Council of Australia (CCA), Australian Lot Feeders Association (ALFA) and the Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) are each charged with the responsibility of setting levy expenditure policy for MLA for their sector of the red meat industry, whilst
  • MLA’s role is to be the marketing and R&D service provider for CCA, ALFA and SCA and carry out so-called ‘willing partnership’ Joint and Core service functions and R&D forthe Australian Meat Processing Corporation (AMPC) and the live export levy funded corporation, LiveCorp.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Hunt Blog Newsletter 14 February 2014

Hunt Blog Newsletter

 14 February 2014

 Barnaby Joyce Goes into Bat for Rural Australia

But He Needs Your Support

New Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has taken up the cudgels at first drop for Rural and Regional Australia announcing a score of initiatives to address some of the structural problems besetting our rural industries.

 First, on 4 November 2013, just six or seven weeks after the coalition came into government, Barnaby called upon the Federal Senate Rural and Regional and Transport References Committee to call an inquiry into the grass fed cattle levy structures and systems.

 On 12 December 2013 the Federal Senate answered Barnaby’s call and announced the terms of reference for an inquiry into the industry structures and systems covering the collection dispersal of marketing and R&D levies pertaining to the sale of grass fed cattle (the terms of reference for that grass fed cattle levy inquiry and details on how to lodge a submission to the inquiry can be found at

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Grass Fed Cattle Levy Senate Inquiry

On 12 December 2013 the Federal Senate agreed to Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce’s request that the Senate hold an urgent inquiry into the governance of our current grass fed cattle industry structures and the ability of levy payers to influence the amount and investment of the grass fed cattle levies that they pay.

A group of cattle producers who are concerned that our current organisational structures no longer meet the collective needs of the grass fed cattle industry have set up a non-partisan website:

The website contains the full terms of reference and background information for the Senate Inquiry together with contact details of Concerned Cattle Producers (CCP) spokespeople.

If you don’t believe that you are getting value for the levies that you pay the Senate inquiry is your opportunity to have your say individually, or in groups, or through the CCP submission.

All submissions must be lodged by 1 March 2014.

Hunt Partners Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Reserve Bank Amendment (Australian Reconstruction Development Board) Bill 2013

I am a Sydney lawyer and rural industry advocate with a small cattle producing property in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales who has been advising farmers and rural industry organisations for over 30 years.

I welcome the opportunity to make a submission on the Reserve Bank Amendment (Australian Reconstruction Development Board) Bill (the ARDB) and in particular wish to address the development finance arm of the proposed ARDB.

I will leave submissions to the Committee in respect to the urgent need for rural and regional financial reconstruction arising out of the financial storm of circumstances and structural issues besetting rural and regional Australia outlined below to others who are better equipped to address those issues than me.