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Our current policy priorities include:

  • Market regulation
  • Environmental management 
  • Energy policy 
  • World trade – rule contraventions and market access opportunities
  • Health and nutrition – the role of sugar in the diet

Recent ASMC Submissions 2018

Energy Security Board’s National Energy Guarantee: draft Detailed Design Consultation Paper 13/07/2018 see more 
ASMC’s submission examines the implications for the sugar milling industry and makes recommendations for improvements. Sugar mills are self-sufficient in electricity, and industry co-generation adds significant value to the environment and local economies as:

  • electricity production uses cane waste from the milling process (bagasse) to generate renewable energy
  • the synchronous, high inertia generators support local network operations in relatively remote parts of the electricity network characterised by low system strength, and as
  • an invaluable source of revenue to maintain viability of the mills (especially during periods of low sugar prices such as currently being experienced).

Senate Select Committee Inquiry into Obesity  from Australian Sugar Industry Alliance 6/7/2018 see more
Obesity is clearly a problem in Australia .  As sugar growers and producers, we are concerned about over-consumption of sugar by some in the community. We believe sugar can play a role in a balanced diet, and we certainly do not want our products to result in harm.Rather than singling out sugar as the major ‘cause’ of the problem, we believe the focus needs to be on measures that change behaviour, particularly for people who are already overweight or suffering from a lifestyle/non-communicable disease.

Review of the Queensland Energy Legislation – Issues Paper see more 19/6//2018
To promote the viability of the Australian sugar industry and the objectives of clean, reliable and affordable energy, ASMC believes state policies and legislation should facilitate lower delivered energy costs by:  promoting greater competition in the generation, transmission, distribution and retailing of energy, and in the absence of effective competition, and providing for price intervention and controls that replicate competitive market outcomes. State policies should also facilitate an increase in the supply and flexible consumption of cogenerated electricity by:

  • removing federal and state duplication
  • increasing the speed of administrative processing of approvals (potentially through the imposition of minimum time periods)
  • providing for the ability to enter into a preferential supply arrangement with cane growers e.g. at the cost of supply, through more flexible retailing controls, and by
  • promoting investment certainty by imposing legislative requirements on third-parties to fund upgrades to the grid when new supply is likely to exceed agreed export capacities nominated.

Queensland solar farm guidelines: Practical guidance for communities, landowners and project proponents see more 11/5/2018
ASMC members are strong supporters of renewable energy.  Sugar mills are self-sufficient in energy, burning the renewable sugar processing by-product, bagasse to generate electricity and steam for milling operations.  Up to 50% (500 GWh) of the electricity generated annually is exported to the grid, providing power for the equivalent of 170,000 Queensland homes.Our key concerns relate to ongoing commitments to:

  • protect “Good Quality Agricultural Land” (GQAL) 
  • honour existing legislation and the planning instruments against which the sugar milling industry has made long-term investment decisions
  • consider the flow-on effects on business, like sugar mills, in the areas surrounding a proposed solar farm, and to
  • consider the cost/benefit implications on local businesses and community members when selecting sites e.g. proximity to grid connection points.