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THE WEEKLY TIMES | Government guarantees independence for trouble-plagued ag-vet chemical regulator


The independence of the nation’s ag-vet chemical regulator will be not be eroded through industry or government control following a rapid fire inquiry, Agriculture Minister Murray Watt says.


Mr Watt made the guarantee after a strategic review of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority unearthed a string of governance and procurement issues and workplace culture and administrative inefficiencies.


Grain Producers Australia RD & E spokesman Andrew Weidemann welcomed the Albanese government’s promise to clean up the ag-vet chemicals regulation system, but said “ultimately farmers and consumers will pay the price” if it is continued to be used as a political football".


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