A claim from the Environment and Great Barrier Reef Minister Leeanne Enoch in a recent media release (issued 18 October) on reef regulations for farming is so wrong it demands to be publicly corrected.
In announcing rebates for agronomy advice, Ms Enoch claims that revised minimum practice standards for the cane industry have been “already approved and accepted by industry”.
As the peak representative organisation for sugarcane growers, I can assure members that we at CANEGROWERS have not agreed to or approved ANY new minimum standards under the new regulations.
CANEGROWERS has consistently opposed the new regulations. It is mischievous to suggest that the responsibility for approving any regulation sits with anyone other than the government that initiates them.
I’m not sure who, if anyone outside government, has given these new farming standards a tick on behalf of sugarcane growers but it certainly wasn’t CANEGROWERS!