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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 .

23 September 2019 ASMC submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth concerning its Inquiry into supporting Australia’s exports and attracting investment

ASMC believes it is critical that Australian raw sugar is 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

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)

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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

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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