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Minister confirms the Australian Government does not preference Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) certified products
Dear Mr Fitzsimons

Thank you for your letter of 31 May 2010 to the Hon Craig Emerson MP, Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs, urging the Australian Government to review its procurement policies and remove perceived automatic preferencing of products certified by Good Environment Choice - Australia (GECA). Your letter has been referred to me in line with my responsibility for government procurement policy.

As noted in my previous correspondence to you, the core principle underpinning Australian Government procurement is value for money, as established by the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines (CPGs). The CPGs require non-discriminatory procurement processes that do now preference particular suppliers or products. Accordingly, I can assure you that Commonwealth procurement policy does not preference products certified by GECA.

Should you have evidence that Australian Government departments are incorrectly preferencing GECA-certified products, I would be grateful for your earliest advice to the Australian Government's Procurement Coordinator. Details of the Procurement Coordinator can be found at http://www.finance.gov.au/procurement/procurement-coordinator/index.html.

Thank you for bringing your concerns to my attention.

Yours Sincerely,
Lindsay Tanner
July 12,2010