Poppy Industry Review to Commence Mon 4 February 2013 Brian Wightman Attorney-General The Attorney-General, Brian Wightman, today announced John Ramsay has been selected to head a review of Tasmania's poppy industry regulations. Mr Wightman said the review was expected to be completed by the end of April and would involve discussions with all industry stakeholders. "Our poppy industry is recognised internationally for its expertise, as well as the low rates of diversion of raw materials to illegal activity," he said. "It's essential we ensure it continues to be a well-regulated and strong industry into the future." Mr Wightman said John Ramsay brought considerable experience and skill to the review of industry regulations. "John has been a Departmental Secretary for 23 years in a number of departments, and has previous experience with the regulation of the poppy industry in Tasmania," he said. "He's currently a Commissioner for the Tasmanian Planning Commission, and Chairperson of the Environment Protection Authority, and has also been involved in a number of reviews of regulatory schemes and arrangements." Mr Wightman said the review's Terms of Reference were broad to ensure all stakeholders' views could be considered. "This review is about ensuring industry regulations support innovation and growth in the industry and minimise red tape, while ensuring the industry is covered by robust regulation, safeguards and controls." Mr Wightman said the review would be funded jointly by the Department of Justice, the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts and the Department of Primary Industry, Parks, Water and the Environment. "To ensure all aspects of the industry are looked at the review will be overseen by a steering committee of senior representatives of each Department," he said. Mr Wightman also paid tribute to the ongoing work of the Poppy Advisory and Control Board over many decades that has helped ensure the state's poppy industry is world class.