Yesterday the Senate agreed to investigate the extraordinary policy order by the Turnbull Government forcing the relocation of corporate Commonwealth entities with agricultural policy or regulatory responsibilities out of Canberra or any other capital city.
The inquiry will focus on the process leading up to the making of the order and what impacts the policy will have on affected entities to perform their functions.
This will include the Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee investigating what will be the economic, environmental and capability implications of the policy order.
Particularly, how the application of this policy will impact the relocation of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) to Barnaby Joyce’s own electorate of New England.
This inquiry will be the first detailed look at how the APVMA will perform its functions and any consequent risks to: human and animal health; productivity and profitability to the agriculture and fisheries sectors; chemical industries; and Australia’s trading reputation