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  • The National Food Plan: food policy or something else?

    Posted 17/07/2013 by Rob Dossor
    The Australian Government released the National Food Plan White Paper (the Paper) on 25 May 2013. At the time the then Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry said ‘For the first time, Australia’s food businesses and consumers have a road map for the future…’ The Paper, however, is not about food for Australians; it has minimal focus on what Australians eat, or food processing in Australia. It is more an export plan, particularly for Australian producers.What’s in the National Food Plan... Read more...

    TAGS: Australia in the Asian Century, Department of Agriculture, export, Fisheries and Forestry, food, food labelling, Productivity Commission, regulation, vocational education and training

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  • Government’s approach to policy development criticised in formal review

    Posted 12/10/2012 by Daniel Weight
    On 11 October 2012, the Government released the Independent Review of the Australian Government’s Regulatory Impact Analysis Process and its preliminary response. The Review provides a broad overview of the Government’s current policy development processes.The Review was conducted by Mr David Borthwick AO PSM and Mr Robert Milliner, and took aim at many facets of the Government’s policy development processes, including the public service, ministers, and adherence to Cabinet processes. It made ... Read more...

    TAGS: deregulation, Regulation Impact Statements

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  • Australia New Zealand Therapeutics Agency - possible challenges ahead?

    Posted 7/07/2011 by Rebecca de Boer
     One of the announcements coinciding with the Prime Minister of New Zealand’s visit to Australia was the establishment of the Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Products Agency. This will be a joint agency that regulates therapeutic goods, replacing the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia and Medsafe in New Zealand (NZ). Implementation will be progressive with ‘information sharing’ to commence from July 2011. It is expected the new agency will be fully oper... Read more...

    TAGS: regulation, therapeutic goods, Therapeutic Goods Administration

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