Queensland LNP Senator and Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Senate Committee chair Barry O’Sullivan said the announcement of the new Sustainability Steering Group was another important step forward in promoting the Australian beef sector’s unique and enviable sustainability credentials.
“More than three years ago former Senator Ron Boswell and myself arranged the Squaretable initiative, which saw more than 25 beef industry leaders meet at the Commonwealth offices in Brisbane to determine a new direction that did not allow our vital rural industry to become beholden to extreme green interests,” Senator O’Sullivan said.
“Then RMAC chair Ross Keane was aware of the threats posed by the WWF led Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and it is to his credit that the Australian beef sector decided with a strong voice to determine our own sustainability framework underpinned by the simple fact that Australian beef has the best credentials in this space in the world.
“This important task has more recently been continued by new RMAC chair Don Mackay and directed by Prue Bondfield and I congratulate them on their work.
“Having been involved in this issue since my earliest days in the Senate, I will be closely following the implementation work of the new Sustainability Steering Group in the coming months.”