Another week has passed and no sign of APVMA review report

Barnaby Joyce must order his handpicked CEO, Dr Chris Parker, to publicly release his review into the dysfunction and underperformance of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

I have written to Barnaby Joyce asking him when the APVMA review report will be released and have urged him to ensure the report is made public.

In addition to the review report Barnaby Joyce must also release the cost for the ICT digital strategy.

Dr Parker stated, during Supplementary Budget estimates in October that:

“The final piece [of the relocation work] is the e-working policy, which we are consulting on now and we hope to have an agreed position by the end of November.

“We have a high-level business operating model now and we’ve been talking to our staff and potential partners about how this may be implemented.

We are working through the Government budget process to implement our Digital Strategy which will focus firstly on stabilising our network and digitising our information, and preparing the agency for e-working.”

If these documents are not released in full to the public, the only conclusion that can be drawn is that the pork barrel relocation of the APVMA to Barnaby Joyce’s own electorate is failing and will cost stakeholders, the agriculture sector and tax payers dearly.


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