Labor's meat sheet
FEDERAL Labor has launched a red meat discussion paper in Gladstone this week which will frame a further round of industry consultation ahead of finalising the party's strategic red meat plan.
Tackling climate change, strengthening the TAFE system, implementing a national drought strategy focused on adaptation and resilience, lowering energy costs, building trust in the live-export industry and improving transport infrastructure are some of policy aims the discussion paper canvasses.
The paper also expresses concern at the high level of potential employees failing drug tests.
"It's an issue which requires proper investigation, a whole-of-government response and better education and community support,” it said.
The paper acknowledges issues such as the drought and workforce availability are complex challenges with no "single policy solution.”
Labor candidate for Flynn, Zac Beers, speaking at the paper's launch in Gladstone, said Flynn is at the coalface of the changing nature of the red meat industry.
"From the Burnett to the Central Highlands, we know that red meat is a vital part of the economy in Flynn.”
The release was applauded by both the Australian Meat Processor Corporation and the Australian Meat Industry Council.
Both bodies criticised what they say is over-regulation of the industry.
They said attracting and retaining a workforce, both domestic and foreign, with appropriate skills for the industry remains a challenge.
Written submissions to the consultation process can be sent to Sandra.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, Member for Flynn, Ken O'Dowd MP, has blasted Labor's climate change policy, which revolves around a 45 per cent emissions reduction target, as sounding the death knell for the economies of cities such as Gladstone.
"Labor does not have a balanced, common sense approach to emissions reduction. Instead, they plan on sacrificing successful industries for the sake of locking in Green preferences in capital city seats,” he said.
"The Coalition is the only party that will stand up for workers at sites such as Boyne Smelters.”