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Thursday, 09 February 2017 10:45

APVMA move probe

The Senate agreed this week to investigate the extraordinary policy order  by the coaltion government forcing the relocation of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority out of Canberra to the Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce's New England electorate, according to opposition agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon this week.

The inquiry will focus on the process leading up to the making of the order and what impacts the policy will have on affected entities to perform their functions.

This will include the Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee investigating what will be the economic, environmental  and capability implications of the policy order.
Particularly, how the application of this policy will impact the relocation of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) to Barnaby Joyce’s own electorate of New England.
This inquiry will be the first detailed look at how the APVMA will perform its functions and any consequent risks to: human and animal health; productivity and profitability to the agriculture and fisheries sectors; chemical industries; and Australia’s trading reputation
The forced move of a public service agency from Canberra to northern NSW announced last November would rip more than $157 million a year from the national capital's economy as well as costing the ACT region 365 jobs.
The shock figures are contained in the long-awaited cost-benefit analysis of the forced move of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority by accounting group Ernst and Young.
The study shreds the economic rationale for the move, finding the benefits to the Australian economy are "modest" and the advantages for the agency itself are "limited".
It was also revealed in Novemver that taxpayers were to be hit with a $25.6 million bill just to move the authority from Canberra to the heart of Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce's northern NSW electorate.

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