Australia’s red meat and livestock sector have welcomed the appointment of the new Federal Cabinet.

Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC) Chair, Mr Ross Keane, said the continuity of key Cabinet positions recognises future drivers for growth.

“When the Australian agrifood sector does well; the economy does well.”

“A prosperous red meat and livestock sector involves a partnership between industry and a whole of government effort and we look forward to working with the new Cabinet.”

Mr Keane added “As a Ministerial Advisory Council, it’s great to have the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce remain Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources.”

RMAC advises the Minister for Agriculture on issues and opportunities affecting the 20-billion-dollar red meat supply chain from ‘paddock to plate.’

“We also welcome Minister Steven Ciobo remaining in the Trade portfolio which is crucial to the red meat and livestock sector in unlocking our enormous potential,” Mr Keane said.

RMAC released the Meat Industry Strategic Plan (MISP) 2020 in October 2015; which identified seven billion dollars’ worth of potential growth for by the red meat and livestock sector.

Key government facing issues identified in the MISP2020 included the need for continuous improvement in policy settings for trade, infrastructure, competition and a reduction in costs and regulation.

Mr Keane highlighted the track record of the Abbott-Turnbull government in growing access to international markets for the Australian red meat and livestock sector through significant reductions in tariffs.

“A key part of achieving our vision for the sector by 2020 is improving our ability to supply international customers – by addressing impediments such as tariffs, quotas and behind the border measures or technical barriers to trade.”

“Trade reform is a key area that governments can deliver – with the recent trifecta of North Asia agreements with Korea, Japan and China potentially generating $20 billion over the next 20 years of additional export value for our sector.”

“We urge the next Cabinet to continue on the previous governments remarkable trade achievements.”

Media Contact: Anna Campbell, 0448 692 245, anna@rmac.com.au