The Senate passed a motion today for an Order for the Production of Documents relating to Barnaby Joyce’s ill-conceived plan to relocate the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) to his own electorate.
The Order for the Production of Documents relating to the relocation of the APVMA was agreed to at 4.06pm in the Senate with 36 Ayes and 28 Noes.
The Order states that the following documents held or prepared by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and/or the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority be tabled no later than 9.30am on Thursday, 1 December 2016 by the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources:
• An analysis of supply (and demand) for regulatory scientists
• An analysis of connectivity between APVMA business groups
• Any APVMA recruitment, retention and training strategies
• Any APVMA transition plans.
This will be another test for Barnaby Joyce’s integrity. If he is “fair dinkum” that this relocation is not a pork barrelling exercise then he will table these documents on Thursday and allow full and transparent scrutiny as to how this relocation will be carried out.
The Canberra Liberals have today stood up against their Federal counterparts. Liberal leader Alistair Coe said he hasn't yet seen a "good business case made" to move the APVMA from Canberra to the heart of Nationals’ leader Barnaby Joyce's northern NSW electorate.
The Order for the Production of Documents will also be a test for the Prime Minister to intervene and reverse or backflip on this ill-conceived pork barrel, if Barnaby Joyce refuses to release the documents.