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Issues Paper - Red Tape in Australian Agriculture

Australian farm businesses are struggling under the growing weight of unnecessary regulatory burden, the NFF Issues Paper: Red Tape in Australian Agriculture shows.

The paper outlines the impact of excessive, overlapping and inconsistent regulation, unwieldy approval, licensing and reporting requirements and heavy handed regulators on the Australian farm sector.

The paper comes as the World Economic Forum releases its global competitiveness report for 2013-14, which shows Australia has slumped to 128th position, out of 148 countries, for the burden of government regulation – down from 96th last year, and 68th the year before.

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