Does red meat industry have appetite for ‘transformative’ innovation, senators ask MLA


Jon Condon, BEEF Central (Australia)

April 11, 2019


INCOMING Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Jason Strong fronted the Senate Estimates hearings in Canberra last week, in one of his first official public outings representing the industry service delivery company.


Questions from the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport committee members focused primarily on the red meat industry’s appetite for innovation in its research and development activity, the industry’s ambitious commitment to carbon neutrality by 2030 and DEXA technology.


NT Labor senator Malarndirri McCarthy asked whether MLA was aware of the five recommendations made in Minister Littleproud’s review on Agricultural innovation, prepared by EY, and what steps MLA would undertake to address the recommendations.


Mr Strong said there were a number of issues in the report that cut across MLA operations at the moment—not least being MLA’s annual investment plan and strategic plan.


“Also, there’s the 2050 vision that the broader group of Research & Development Corporations has been working on as well. Even though that report was recently printed, we’re aware of those five recommendations and, even though we haven’t had any direct instruction or inquiry about actions on those, we’re certainly conscious of them as we are thinking about our next year’s planning cycle,” he said.


“In some ways, though, I think we are deferring a little bit to the broader group of RDCs and making sure that we make the most progress we can in those areas without creating too much duplication.


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