List of recommendations
committee recommends that a producer-owned body be established by legislation.
The body should have the authority to receive and disperse the research and
development, as well as marketing component, of the cattle transaction levy
funds. The producer-owned body should also be authorised to receive matching
government research and development funds. Reforming the Cattle Council of
Australia to achieve these outcomes should be examined as part of this process.
committee recommends the establishment of a cost-effective, automated cattle
transaction levy system. The system should identify levy payers against levies
paid. The automated system should provide for more immediate settlement of levy
fees paid and the allocation of voting entitlements. It should be subject to
regular independent auditing and verification.
committee recommends that the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1999
be amended to ensure that levies paid by processors are recognised as processor
(or slaughter) levies and not as producer (or cattle transaction) levies.
committee recommends that the Australian National Audit Office conduct an audit
of the cattle transaction levy system, tracing the levy from inception and
focusing on the revenue from, and expenditure of, the respective components of
committee recommends that the Minister for Agriculture dissolve the Red Meat
Advisory Council. The committee further recommends that the Minister for
Agriculture establish a new system to manage and disperse earnings from the Red
Meat Industry Reserve Fund, in consultation with the industry.
committee recommends that the Minister for Agriculture revoke the status of the
MLA Donor Company as an approved donor under the Australian Meat and
Live-stock Industry Act 1997.
committee recommends that the Department of Agriculture, in consultation with
the cattle industry, conduct an analysis of the benefits, costs and
consequences of introducing legislation akin to the Packers and Stockyards
Act 1921 and Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting Act 1999.
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