Monday, January 22, 2018

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE: RED MEAT INDUSTRY ORGANISATIONS ADOPT RUSSIA'S 'IMITATION DEMOCRACY'


Less than 3% of Meat and Livestock Australia’s (MLA) eligible members bothered to exercise their ‘rubber stamp’ vote for pre-selected directors at MLA’s AGM in late November 2017.

November 2017 also saw the launch of the brave new world of Sheep Producers Australia Ltd (SPA) being formed to replace the State Farm Organization (SFO) based the Sheepmeat Council of Australia Peak Council that was established in 1978.The SPA endorsed the appointment of 5 pre -selected directors to Australian sheep producer’s new representative advocacy body at its first AGM on 14 November 2017.

On Wednesday 17 January 2018, the SFO’s instructed the Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) to walk away from the Cattle Australia Implementation Committee (IC) set up in 2015 at former Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce’s behest to establish a new truly democratic representative cattle producer Peak Council with a board directly elected by grass fed cattle transaction levy payers to replace CCA.

CCA advised the IC last Wednesday that they proposed to continue to represent Australian grass fed cattle producers through a board comprising 8 SFO appointed directors and two directly elected board members with a proposal for two more directly elected board members if CCA can drum up 500 direct members. . . .

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

WILL AUSTRALIA'S CATTLE PRODUCERS EMBRACE REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY IN 2018?


Huntblog’s attached 15 December 2017 Newsletter lamented the fate of Australia’s sheep meat producers who have been lured to their agri-political death as a consequence of having Sheep Producers Australia Limited imposed on them as their representative Peak Council.
Sheep Producers Australia is a company limited by guarantee with a State Farm Organisation (SFO) selected special qualification board that morphed from the SFO based Incorporated Association Sheep Council of Australia (SCA) as Australia’s sheep meat producers new Peak Council without a yea or nay plebiscite of sheep meat levy payers.
The problem for Australia’s sheep producers is that not only did they not get a say in the SCA metamorphous into Sheep Producers Australia Limited but their future role in relation to Sheep Producers Australia is limited to rubber stamping the appointment of future Sheep Producers Australia board members chosen by an SFO selection committee.
Thus far Australia’s cattle producers appear to be resisting the siren call to join the slaughter of representative democracy that has engulfed their sheep producing cousins. . . .

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