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The Australian Government is preparing to launch a new website and app to help Australians get more out of their AGCOs, and it’s coming from a firm with a track record of doing business on the cheap.
The AGCO App is being launched today, with a focus on getting the public more involved in the governance of the organisation, and the public will be able to sign up for the service by logging into the AGCO app from today.
“Our AGCO apps have been around for a while, but they’re becoming increasingly important in a number of ways,” AGCO board member and CEO David Worsley said.
“They’re used by many of our staff to track what’s happening in the AGC (agricultural producer and trader) and what’s going on in our supply chain and to share information, so there’s a huge opportunity here to be a more transparent and accountable agency.”
The AGC is a public agency which owns, manages and operates the Australian Government’s agricultural producers and traders, and is the largest supplier of food, fertilisers and other agricultural products to Australia.
It is responsible for overseeing the supply chain of the Australian food industry, and managing its finances and business operations, and for managing its portfolio of assets including agribusiness and agribuya.
Agricultural and agri-business operations The AGCO’s portfolio of agribuses includes the Queensland Biodiversity Resource Group, the Queensland Dairy Board and the Australian Meat Industry Board, as well as the National Farmers Federation and the Federation of Small Businesses.
Agriculture Commissioner Rod Sims said there were many issues with the way the AGCC handled the Queensland situation.
“We were trying to work with the Queensland Government to understand what their options were,” he said.
“It was a bit like we had a problem and we didn’t have a plan B.”
“They were just very unhelpful.”
The Queensland Government and the Queensland Farmers Federation both issued statements today saying the Queensland Agricultural Market Commission (QAMCP) should have intervened earlier.
“The Queensland Agri-Business Commission (qambac) did not take timely action to address concerns raised by the Queensland Agriculture Market Commission about the Queensland Agribusity Commission,” the Queensland Federation of Agricultural Clubs and Agricultural Workers said in a joint statement.”QAMC has also not acted in accordance with the Agribuscity Act.”
“Qambac is currently working with the Federal Government to address the issue of the Queensland government failing to take appropriate action to ensure the safety of agri products.”
Mr Sims said the AGCA should have stepped in earlier, and said the agribucys own website should have been updated with the latest information.
“Agriculturally speaking, if the Agriculture Board were to go through their processes and see that their processes are being followed, I would think they would be more open to providing information to the public,” he added.
“The public should be informed and be involved.”
The Australian Farmers Federation said the information provided by the AGACC “doesn’t make sense”.
“We’re not happy with the AGACC process at all, particularly with the lack of transparency and accountability,” the federation’s chief executive officer Peter Kedgley said in an emailed statement.
“If we had the opportunity to see the processes that are being put in place, we would not be surprised if there were a lot more mistakes made by the QAMC and the AGCCC.”
Mr KedGley said he was concerned that the AGSC was not sharing information with the public, and that the public had a right to know the results of their queries.
“It’s not just a public interest issue, it’s also a fundamental right,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
Mr Sims says the AGCP had been under pressure to release information about the QACCP and other agribuzies, and he said that was the wrong approach.
“You’ve got to make sure that information is made available to the people who need it,” he explained.
“And I don’t think that they’ve done that, so I don to some extent feel that that’s the right approach.”
“It is the responsibility of the AGCD and the AgCA to provide that information to consumers.”
The Agribuys chief executive is concerned about how the AGMC was handling the Queensland case, and wants a full public inquiry into the matter.
“This is not a one-off situation.
This is a systemic issue that’s happening across Australia,” he says.
‘A very serious matter’Agribusys chief financial officer Paul Lomax said the Queensland market commission’s actions were “unacceptable”.
“This was an extremely serious matter, a matter that has been in the public domain for over three years,” he noted.
“There are no easy answers, but I think there’s probably no way around the fact that it’s a very serious issue.”
Mr Lomak said