THE Federal Coalition wants an inquiry into the Australian citrus industry.
He said if the inquiry was formally approved, it would start taking public submissions early next year.
Senator Colbeck said the inquiry would look at all areas of the citrus industry - including governance, management and production.
Senator Colbeck said problems such as produce dumping and cheap imported concentrate had come to his attention when he was chairman of the Senate's food processing inquiry earlier in the year.
"A few issues popped up and there has been a lot of discussion about these in the media this year, and I think it's time we take a look," Senator Colbeck said.
"It will be a constructive inquiry, aimed to look at the current issues and how they might be managed."