Another week has passed but still no Agriculture White Paper.
Last week the Minister said the hold-up was the Government’s tight Budget situation.
“Because of the financial condition of the Nation, it is a tougher game.”
Sky, Peter Van Olsen Show, 18 March 2015
Over three weeks ago he promised that the “release of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper was imminent”.
Back in February Barnaby Joyce told a Fairfax reporter that the White Paper is scheduled for an “upcoming” Cabinet meeting and the final document to be out in “about” a month and a half.
And we can turn the clock back to 2013 when Tony Abbott promised that his government would deliver the White Paper within 12 months of office.
“The White Paper will be conducted by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and will report within 12 months. Our White Paper will also provide a clear, well-defined and transparent strategic approach to ensure the agriculture sector remains a significant contributor to the Australian economy and local communities”.
The Coalition’s policy for a competitive Agriculture sector, August 2013
I have been concerned that all we have seen from Barnaby Joyce is excuse after excuse for the delay.
This week it seems he isn’t even bothering with that.