“The views and suggestions contained in the National Competition Policy Review Committee’s Draft Report would ultimately destroy the Single Desk system,” AWB Chief Executive, Mr Andrew Lindberg said when releasing the AWB (International) Limited’s response to the Draft Report today.
“Australian wheat growers should be concerned that the Draft Report provides no evidence justifying the deregulation views and suggestions contained in the report.
“The failure by the Committee to give due weight in its considerations to the realities of the international marketplace would lead to an outcome that would damage rather than enhance the commercial interests of wheat growers and the broader Australian community,” Mr Lindberg said.
Outlining the AWB’s response, Mr Lindberg said the case for retaining the Single Desk system is strong and is based on factual evidence and experience.
“However the case for the changes recommended by the Committee is weak and without supporting evidence or experience.
“The draft report highlights some real issues, but these can, and are being addressed without any structural change to the Single Desk system.
“Despite international market distortions, the Single Desk system achieves market access, market share and market clearing while maintaining premiums.
“Only a fully integrated system with a designated system manager can achieve these outcomes,” said Mr Lindberg.
AWB (International) Limited has addressed, in its response, each of the nine considerations contained in the Draft report and stands by its opinion that the Single Desk provides benefit to growers and therefore the Australian community.
AWB (International) Limited’s response to the Draft report is available on AWB’s website www.awb.com.au.
For more information contact:
Pete McBride, Public Affairs, AWB Limited on 03 9209 2174 or 0417 662 451