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Australian Sheepmeat Industry Outlines Election Priorities

01 July 2016

AUSTRALIA - Australia’s sheepmeat peak industry body, the Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA), has called on all political parties and independents to reaffirm their commitment to Australian sheepmeat producers this Federal Election campaign.

“Today the Sheepmeat Council of Australia released the industry’s 2016 Federal Election Priorities. These priorities, which are closely aligned with the National Farmers Federation Election Priorities, urges to commit to action on three key priority focus areas to ensure the industry’s continued sustainable growth,” said SCA President, and sheep producer, Mr Jeff Murray.

“It is imperative for the nation’s political parties and independents to continue to build market access, support innovation and reduce on-farm costs for Australia’s sheepmeat producers,” he said.

According to Mr Murray: “The sheepmeat industry’s Federal Election Priorities have been developed following consultation with the Sheepmeat Council’s state member organisations. The consultation process highlighted the significance these three key priority areas represented to the whole industry.

“With the proper policy framework in place, Australia’s sheepmeat industry stands to create vast numbers of jobs for Australians during the economic transition away from mining. The sheepmeat industry has always been a cornerstone of the national economy and looking forward there are huge opportunities for job creation from capitalising on growing global demand for protein,” Mr Murray said.

“Facing such great opportunities, it has never been more important for all sides of politics to recommit to the industry and provide the appropriate policy responses to our election priorities.”

Over 39,000 Australian businesses derive income from sheepmeat production generating approximately $5 billion of off-farm meat value to the Australian economy.

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