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Policy Positions & 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:

Energy Security Board (ESB) Consultation Paper and Draft Rules – Interim Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) Planning | 8 September 2020

ASMC remains concerned that the mechanisms designed to
protect Good Quality Agricultural Land (GQAL) from competing uses and that promote mill viability, will become increasingly compromised under the proposed REZ planning framework. ASMC’s concerns and two suggested remedies – an “equally viable locational requirement” and a “minimum public consultation requirement” are outlined – read more.

Joint ASMC/CANEGROWERS Submission to JA-EPA Review | 13 August 2020

ASMC states that 2 important steps could be taken to reinvigorate the now largely redundant Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JA-EPA was superseded for sugar by CP-TPP provisions) and restore its relevance for Japan’s purchases of Australian hi-pol raw sugar: i) reduce import levies to levels below the terms of CP-TPP & ii) address a technical issue associated with product testing. Read more

Joint ASMC/CANEGROWERS Submission on ChAFTA (China Australia Free Trade Agreement) Post-Implementation Review | 4 August 2020 

The submission focuses on raw sugar’s exclusion from the agreement and the industry’s ongoing desire for improved, preferential access. It also outlines concerns over the non-tariff barrier in relation to the requirement for exports of Australian raw sugar to be accompanied by a phyotosanitary certificate, the only importing country to demand this measure. Read more

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

ASMC also made the following policy submissions in 2019:

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

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

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

Earlier ASMC submissions from 2018 and 2019 are available to read here

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