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Productivity Commission echoes cotton industry's calls for better regulation

Cotton Australia has welcomed a new draft report on the regulatory burden imposed on Australian agriculture, released today by the Productivity Commission.

The draft report - Regulation of Australian Agriculture - makes several key observations that match Cotton Australia's recent calls for regulatory reform. Specifically, the report says:

  • The cumulative burden of regulation on farmers is substantial, and that farmers want better, less burdensome regulation
  • Native vegetation regulations require 'fundamental change', and environmental regulatory decisions need to take into account economic and social factors
  • Governments should improve consultation practices, and ensure good regulatory impact assessment processes are used as an analytical tool rather than a compliance exercise
  • International evidence could be used to assess agricultural chemicals, reducing the time and cost taken to achieve registration

Cotton Australia says the Productivity Commission's observations echo its own calls for reform, made in recent submissions to government across many policy areas.

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