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Policy Positions and Submissions

We prepare written submissions on a range of relevant policy, regulatory and legislative topics to advocate on behalf of our members .

15 March 2019 ASMC submission to the Innovation, Tourism Development and Environment Committee on the Environmental Protection (Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 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 

26 November 2018 Joint ASMC and CANEGROWERS submission on an EU Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

In the protected global sugar market, the Australian sugar industry seeks preferential, duty-free trade deals to broaden its market opportunities and ultimately, to increase the demand for, and value of, Australian high-quality sugar.

The proposed Australia Europe FTA represents an opportunity for Australia to considerably improve our Tariff Rate Quota to this market. The current TRQ of 9,925 tonnes is commercially insignificant. The punitive in-quota CXL duty of €98/tonne means it is uneconomic to fill this quota and the quota is currently unfilled. . The proposal to split this between the EU-27 and UK would further reduce the commercial viability of the quota, making supply to this market unfeasible.

The combination of Australia’s freight cost disadvantage and high CXL tariff rates, and the preferential duty treatment now (and potentially) given to competitive suppliers under recently negotiated bi-laterals, means Australia is currently not competitive on a straight best return basis into this market.

There are however a number of trends in the EU sugar market that in conjunction with a meaningful TRQ and Australia’s strong supply characteristics (high reliability and consistency and quality of product) would significantly improve Australia’s competitiveness and attractiveness to EU sugar refiners See more

15 October 2018Supplementary Submission on the Federal Review of the Sugar Code of Conduct 

In this supplementary letter, ASMC comments on specific issues raised in other submissions to the review See more 

 3 October 2018: Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade inquiry into access to trade agreements by small and medium sized enterprises

Recommendations to improve the global marketability of Australian sugar

  • The ASMC seeks repeal of those provisions of the Act and Code that regulate who can market sugar (the so-called marketing choice) and the right of a third party to control decisions usually vested between commercial entities (the so-called pre-contract arbitration provisions). Repeal would reduce sovereign risk and encourage greater investment as well as improve marketing efficiencies.
  • A further escalation of Australian Government representations to the Indian Government, and to canvass support from like-minded sugar exporting nations, including Brazil, to seriously consider pursuit of action against India at the WTO.
  • Seek to re-negotiate access opportunities into China and the US and an ambitious duty-free quota into the EU-27 and the UK post BREXIT.
  • For the Australian government to work with the Australian sugar industry as it develops its Industry Trade Strategy over the coming 12 months. The strategy will use quantitative and qualitative analysis to identify market opportunities most likely to maximise export revenues over the coming five years.  Over time, the ASMC would seek to align our commercial and policy efforts to these identified markets see more

22 August 2018: Federal Review of the Sugar Code of Conduct 

ASMC believes the Sugar Code of Conduct has only added uncertainty, complexity and cost to sugar industry operations. It has deterred investment, and undermined competitiveness see more

13 July 2018 | Energy Security Board’s National Energy Guarantee: draft Detailed Design Consultation Paper  see more

 6 July 2018 | Senate Select Committee Inquiry into Obesity  from Australian Sugar Industry Alliance  see more

19 June 2018 | Review of the Queensland Energy Legislation – Issues Paper see more

11 May 2018 | Queensland solar farm guidelines: Practical guidance for communities, landowners and project proponents See more