Another week has passed and Minister Joyce still refuses to release the cost benefit analysis on his forced and crazy relocation of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines authority (APVMA) to his own electorate.
This week the Minister stooped to a new low by defying a Senate order to produce the cost benefit analysis document. Senator Canavan did the Minister’s dirty work by flatly declining to release the report.
Nobody should be surprised that Senator Canavan protected the Minister. Indeed, Minister Joyce named Senator Canavan when he was asked about mentoring female politicians, stating that, "Scotty Buchholz, although I must admit he's not a woman, Matt Canavan, [Danny] O'Brien — they're three people who've gone through my office."
The Minister’s continued contempt for this serious matter will have dire consequences for the safe use of chemicals and animal medicines in Australia.
This week I have written a letter to the Auditor-General asking him to include the impact of the relocation of the APVMA in the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) assessment of Pesticide and Veterinary Medicine Regulatory Reform.
Any gains made in the APVMA with regards to regulatory reform will be lost and, I believe, reversed if this relocation is allowed to continue.
Barnaby Joyce criticises Labor for playing politics, but it is he who is taking part in blatant pork barrelling at its worst by moving the APVMA to his own electorate.
Today I call on Prime Minister Turnbull to show true leadership by pulling his Minister into line and putting an end to this craziness.