Agree with Brent Finlay. Farmers need much more than bandaid drought support.
04/03/15 10:16 PM
Do these clowns have any idea? Less competition = less returns for farmers it's as simple as that.
Less viable farmers = less food production which ultimately sees Aust become dependant on foreign supplies.
If this government is that bloody stupid & out of touch with reality then then let's vote them out ASAP before they do intractable damage to our grazing industry.
Farmers need to withhold food for a week & see what government is trying to create with there imbecilic decision.
04/03/15 10:11 AM
I would like to see more detail. What jobs are in demand? What are the average pay rates for different roles? How sustainable are the pay rates (ie, are the employers profitable)? The regional centre that I live in (pop 5,000 ish) don't seem to have a lot of jobs on offer and neither does the region where my brother lives (450 kms away).
No I disagree, Barnaby gets runs on the board when he adopts the Seven Senate recommendations from the grass fed cattle transaction levy report.
Until then both the government, government bureaucracies and the prescribed (government controlled) red meat "industry" has its foot on the neck of livestock producers controlling everything including sale prices, cost prices and massive regulation!! Come on Barney!!
03/03/15 05:39 AM
Firstly do ABARES know what profits are? I have stopped supplying them with info because of the discrepancy between their interpretation of my figures and those my accountant gives the ATO. Increasing prices and gross revenues don't translate into increased profits.Although diesel prices are falling we aren't sure for how long and a falling $A while it may help with higher prices also contributes to higher costs in chemicals, fertilizer and machinery. And then there is labour, which primary industry struggles to meet the conditions mandated by Parliament. This also affects workcover etc.....


Six years after losing the single desk and the merchants are trashing our industry.
Rudd Labor and the Liberals laughed as they sat together in parliament and voted away the iconic legislation that allowed Australian growers to market their own wheat to best advantage-our quality and after sales service were bywords.
04/03/15 11:26 PM
Typical of the Greens, if growers want to reap a price benefit from organic, then they should be responsible for creating their own cleanup / barrier zones.
There is no such thing as "contamination" from a safe legal crop, and use of such language must be called out as the nonsense it is.
03/03/15 03:40 AM
As if the FIRB changes will deter overseas buyers (not investment), however he obviously realises that its primarily offshore buyers that can make the current rate of return work and one has to wonder why?. Again he has demonstrated that failsafe idea (sarc)that listed companies will return their profits to farmers. In the short term they might, but once they have their position locked in there will be no onus to do so. I have yet to be charged less for freight by a carrier with a brand new truck, as opposed to an old s-line with it paid off.
02/03/15 03:38 AM
Wait, you mean break crops are a good thing?? That can't be right......
Here we go again, not only will resistance emerge with neo's you will also wipe out any remnant pollinators and other biological control that may have existed. The reason why there are less GPA in stubble crops is that there is a small level of biodiversity in the field to allow an ecology of natural predators to exist but we care to ignore this in favour of going down the nuke'em attitude. Well done GRDC
01/03/15 11:20 PM


Yeah Alan thats right, get the bulldozers in and cut the lot down, bugger the environment and the Murray Darling basin, lets produce some more stuff we cant sell and make our air quality look like Chinas. You know it makes sense.
Actually my first priority is feeding my family, not Asia, so if we grow a bit less it might create shorts in the market place which will push the price up and improve our profitability. I've spent the last 60 years growing more for less, and am sick of it. Lets try growing less for more and see if it works
Usually, Malcolm, when the competition is cheaper then you have to match their price to retain market share. It is counter-intuitive for Australia Post to charge more and expect the same custom: thinking more like a bureaucracy than a business. I wonder how much of the fall-off since 2008 has come from the rise to 70c and how much more could be gained in postal rather than courier delivery of online purchases if the pricing was more competitive. I'm sure all this has been analysed but regional people pay the greatest price when the analysis is wrong or wrongly grounded.
Ok I was with you there for a moment, right through the anti corporate rant. But the "even made from coal" comment blew it. Come on Julian we are not children to be scared by rolling out the latest boogy man, give us a little more respect. Most of your message was well articulated and formulated, then you head into a naive tirade of pseudoscience.
03/03/15 09:54 PM
All well and good folks but we no longer believe anything BOM says. They have been proved to be fudging the figures to prove their own beliefs.
The consultations are over. This time, its their turn to push their agenda.
03/03/15 07:21 AM


There you go Bushie.Youre a big supporter of imported foods from highly efficient Chinese farms. Eat up.
19/02/15 02:11 AM
backpacker is easier and cheaper.
19/02/15 12:02 AM
Tells us where the food is grown - where it is processed/ packed and let the consumers decide - all politicians seem to have vested interest in not changing the current labelling laws, because if the did they would have. Apply the same tests to imported goods etc as we apply to Australian produce
17/02/15 11:00 PM
Why do we continually blame the imported product. Have you ever considered the actual packing facility. Let's have a little balance in reporting and not emotive responses.
17/02/15 10:12 AM
Really? In the wake of the frozen berry recall this week? Those berries have been linked to Hepatitis A & were from China.......
14/02/15 04:34 PM


I oppose the bill because reporting cruelty as you witness it doesn't work. You get fobbed off, ignored etc. What Animals Australia did with the Live Export video is the only way to get anyone to listen. Dr. Back is not on the side of mistreated animals and I think he should 'fess up about who's pocket he's in.
04/03/15 10:43 PM
This election commitment by Labor was achieved through direct discussions with government by the National Dingo Preservation and Recovery Program - doing the hard yards.
02/03/15 09:33 PM
Very good to see a lady trapping dogs and doing a wonderful job keep up the good work .
27/02/15 01:53 AM
What breed were the steers that made 247cents a kilogram?
02/03/15 12:50 AM
He says the crash was in 1974,but I believe it was 1973,because many cattle didn't make enough to pay their freight to saleyards and were shot and buried in hundreds in Victoria.
01/03/15 09:10 AM


would be nice if the article included some stats eg, cost per kilometre, number of hours to install per kilometre etc
21/02/15 05:30 PM
Has anybody bothered to compare the number of people working in Ag production 20yrs ago to the current number? Correct me if wrong, but I think current numbers would be well down on 20 yrs ago.
03/02/15 02:03 AM
Quads already have notices stating children must not ride them. If they do then it is something their parents must live with. Saying that, I rode thousands of km's on a full size quad as a child an never had a problem. From Tony's figures only a handful of people out of the hundreds of thousands riding quads died from a roll over. Hardly a huge danger. Facts are farmers rely on quads to produce food and fibre for this country and our exports. How many people died in their bathroom last year? 100? 300?
26/01/15 08:37 PM


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Animals Australia claim to be the voice for animals, RSPCA for all creatures great and small.
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So JBS get to report on their compliance of conditions every six months????? Duh! ...Good one
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Yeah Alan thats right, get the bulldozers in and cut the lot down, bugger the environment and
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