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Policy Positions and Submissions

ASMC prepares written submissions on a range of relevant policy, regulatory and legislative topics on behalf of our members. In 2020, ASMC submitted comments on the following:

Submission to the ARENA Bioenergy Roadmap | 10 June 2020 | An analysis of the potential and constraints to bioenergy diversification of the Australian sugar industry.

ASMC urges development of a National Bioenergy Roadmap that provides a clear vision and objectives. Our analysis demonstrates that under the right commercial and policy settings, total ethanol production from molasses could increase from 60 ML to 216.25 ML per annum and total bagasse cogenerated electricity production could increase from 0.9 million MWh to 2.86 million MWh per annum. Relative to current consumption patterns and fuel uses, the annual estimated greenhouse gas savings under both scenarios would be 348,000 and 1,948,702 tonnes CO2-e respectively. Read more

Inquiry into Diversifying Australia’s Trade and Investment Portfolio | Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth | 23 April 2020

It is crucial in the face of growing trade protectionism and increasingly mobile global capital that Australia continues to diversify its trade markets and encourage foreign direct investment (FDI). Read more

Review of regulated retail electricity prices for 2020/21 | Queensland Competition Authority | 13 January 2020

Per the government’s delegation to the 2020-21 price review, ASMC welcomes the stated commitment of delivering lower electricity bills and the adoption of the various initiatives in the QCA Interim paper. ASMC  remains concerned however about the increase in the miller and grower regulated tariffs over the past period and the non-affordability of these tariffs (and subsequent impacts) during the current deep trough in global sugar prices. Read more

In 2019, ASMC submitted comments on the following:

Inquiry into Modernising the Research Development Corporation (RDC) system | Department of Agriculture 19 December 2019

High quality, investor-driven research, development and adoption is pivotal to drive industry improvement through increased productivity, process innovation, and commercialisation of new products and revenue streams. ASMC puts forward six recommendations to retain the benefits of the current RDC model, and to make improvements to the delivery of sugar industry research and development. Read more

Inquiry into supporting Australia’s exports and attracting investment |  Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth 23 September 2019

ASMC believes it is critical for Australian raw sugar to be a beneficiary of future negotiations with the European Union, United Kingdom, and any future negotiations for improvements in access to the USA and China markets. We also fully endorse the current Australian Government action – alongside the Brazilian and Guatemalan governments – at the World Trade Organisation against India’s sugar subsidies that have distorted world markets and negatively affected prices. See more

Environmental Protection (Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 | Innovation, Tourism Development and Environment Committee 15 March 2019

ASMC has acknowledged in earlier submissions on this matter that all sugar industry stakeholders need to do more in terms of reducing the impact of farming activities on reef water quality. We believe the best way to do this is in a true partnership approach between industry, government and community stakeholders. Any measures introduced need to have a clear and positive impact on the sustainability of the stewards who manage the land and natural resources in the GBR catchments. Negatively impacting the business viability of local sugarcane growers will threaten their capacity to optimally manage their operations, and in turn significantly affect the viability of sugar milling areas. Subsequent mill closures would result in major social, environmental and economic setbacks for GBR catchment communities. See more 

More submissions from 2018 and 2019 are available here