NEW England MP Barnaby Joyce maintains decentralising federal agencies such as the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) will provide a boost for regional areas through better engagement.
However, reports from a senate committee hearing revealed significant staff dissatisfaction within the Authority towards the slated move from Canberra.
Only 14 staff at the APVMA said they would relocate to Armidale, while 110 said they would not.
The deputy prime minister was called on to release an analysis into the proposed move, but the hearing was told it would be subject to a ministerial public interest immunity claim citing cabinet still needed to consider the document.
“We have been working with the University of New England for 18 months establishing curriculum into how to be a regulatory scientist,” Ms Arthy said.