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AFPA submission to the Joint Select Committee Inquiry into the ‘Government Procurement Framework’

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission the Joint Select Committee Inquiry into the ‘Government Procurement Framework’.

AFPA supports competition in the global trade of goods and services where there is a level playing field in terms of the removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers, and comparable safety and environmental standards. The government procurement market is already completely open to competition from foreign suppliers. However, in terms of the current Australian Government procurement system, AFPA has previously raised concerns regarding the lack of awareness and implementation amongst Government procurement officials of the environmental sustainability guidelines and broader socio-economic benefits when purchasing.

AFPA submission to the Joint Select Committee Inquiry into the ‘Government Procurement Framework’

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