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Grain review process criticised

THE WA Farmers Federation has submitted five recommendations to Agriculture Minister Kim Chance regarding the RSM Bird Cameron Review of the Grain Licensing Authority. The Federation’s grain section president Doug Clarke said there were several fundamental flaws in the review, including a lack of grain industry knowledge, especially in international marketing. “Their bias to free-market philosophies, as clearly stated in their corporate profile on their website, make a mockery of the claim that an ‘independent’ ministerial review of the GLA was conducted,” he said. The recommendations include: • That the Minister acknowledge publicly that the vast majority of growers wish to maintain the single desk for the export of WA barley, canola and lupins in bulk. • That the State Government accepts that the public benefit findings in favour of the national wheat single desk also apply to the WA coarse grains industry. • That the Minister issue, with immediate effect, new guidelines to the GLA that re-establish a true single desk for the export of WA prescribed grains in bulk.

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