SUBJECT/S: APVMA relocation
SATURDAY, 3 DECEMBER 2016
JOEL FITZGIBBON, SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES, FORESTRY AND RURAL AND REGIONAL AUSTRALIA: Barnaby Joyce’s pork barrelling, that is the relocation of the APVMA to his own electorate just became a whole lot more controversial. Barnaby Joyce needs to explain to the Australian people what conversations or any arrangements he had with celebrity gardener Don Burke before Don Burke agreed to do a video with Barnaby Joyce promoting and supporting the relocation of the APVMA to Barnaby Joyce’s own electorate. Don Burke’s comments in the paper yesterday indicate there could be some link between Burke’s participation in that video and the Government’s announcement this week of its determination it will proceed with the abolition of the APVMA advisory board. This relocation is very bad news for the Australian farming community. Labor supports the creation of jobs in the regions, but not when it comes at the expense of our farmers and the capability of the agency to deliver towards their productivity aspirations.