LEGISLATION that allows the Australian sugarcane industry to streamline and modernise its research function under new body, Sugar Research Australia (SRA), was passed in the Senate today.
The sugarcane industry had been waiting with bated breath for the Bills to be read after the political machinations of earlier this week.
The Bills were passed unanimously after Senator Ian Macdonald and Senator Barnaby Joyce spoke to the motion supporting research reform.
"CANEGROWERS would like to thank Senator Macdonald and Joyce for their ongoing support in ensuring the sugar bills were passed by the Senate before the close of Parliamentary sitting today," said CANEGROWERS Chairman Paul Schembri today.
Mr Schembri said CANEGROWERS wanted to thank the landslide of ministers and departmental officers who had worked tirelessly to make this reality and made special mention of the hard yards put in by the former Minister for Agriculture, Joe Ludwig.
Mr Schembri said the passing of the Bill in the Senate today was an important step in a massive and all-encompassing process spanning two years.
"The sugar industry supports this reform, now parliament supports this reform, and SRA will soon become reality," he said.