Australia: Potato marketing board deregulation law passed by WA Parliament

Freshly harvested Tasmanian potatoesWestern Australia’s Parliament has cleared the way for full deregulation of the state’s potato industry, passing legislation to abolish the controversial Potato Marketing Corporation (PMC). The move will bring to an end seven decades of regulation under which the PMC controls who can grow potatoes, what sort and how many they can grow, and at what price they are sold. Parliament’s Legislative Council passed the Government’s potato deregulation legislation on Tuesday, and it was not opposed by any party. The process will be completed on December 31 when the PMC ceases to exist. More