Standing up for Canberra

Let The Sun Shine In

At last some light is to be shone on the shameless and blatant pork barrel that is the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority relocation.

I’m delighted the Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee will investigate the Turnbull Government’s corporate Commonwealth entities location policy order, particularly the decision to move the APVMA from Canberra to Armidale.

I’m looking forward to making a submission to the inquiry to highlight that the APVMA relocation:

  • Is all cost and no benefit according to the Prime Minister’s own $272,000 Cost Benefit Analysis.

  • Will cost the jobs of the 85 per cent of staff who refuse to leave Canberra – expertise that will take years to replace and add years to the approval timeframes of new chemicals and animal medicines.

  • Will cost the Canberra economy $157 million dollars a year and rip out 365 jobs.

  • Will cost Australian taxpayers more than $25 million.

  • Will cost the APVMA and agriculture sector through the devastating loss of expertise.

The APVMA’s staff and their families, Australia’s agriculture sector and the Canberra community will all pay the price – all because the Deputy Prime Minister needed to sure up his votes in the election.

It’s a disgrace the Turnbull Cabinet approved this absurd proposal in the first place.

I’m looking forward to seeing the truth.

THURSDAY, 9 FEBRUARY 2017