Coalition has just one question on ag

11 Jul, 2012 02:00 AM
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Federal Minister for Agriculture Joe Ludwig.
Federal Minister for Agriculture Joe Ludwig.

FEDERAL Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig says the Coalition has “no interest” in representing the interests of Australian farmers in Federal Parliament, having only asked a single question on agriculture this year, in parliament.

He says that’s a damning mid-year report card for the Liberals and Nationals.

Minister Ludwig said despite the amount of talk and posturing from the Liberals and Nationals on standing up for the bush, their real record speaks for itself.

“So far this year the Liberal party hasn’t been bothered to ask me a single question in question time about agriculture, fisheries or forestry,” he said.

“The National Party haven’t done much better, asking a solitary question this year.

“That’s the sort of service the people of rural and regional Australia get from Senator (Barnaby) Joyce and the Nationals.”

Minister Ludwig said the lack of questions was a consequence of the Liberal and National Party’s “obsession with negativity”.

“While the Liberal and National parties have been sitting on their hands, this government has been getting on the business of delivering for farmers,” he said.

“In the last six months alone we’ve secured $2.2 billion for Caring for our Country for the next five years, we’ve continued to deliver reforms that protect our unique biosecurity status, and we’ve rolled out the Carbon Farming Initiative that will bring new opportunities for Australian farmers.

“This has been on the backdrop of strong growth in agricultural exports, the end of the drought, and the opening of new trade markets."

But the Coalition says there’s a lot more to their political performance than merely addressing farming or rural issues during parliamentary question time.

Senator Joyce’s office defended the claims, saying he and other party members regularly addressed issues related to agricultural or rural policies, like the Carbon Tax, which will hit agriculture hard due to increased input costs.

They also highlight concerns through Matters of Public Interest, on issues like the Murray Darling Basin, live cattle exports, Coal Seam Gas Mining and regional development.

Nationals NSW Senator and active grain and sheep farmer Fiona Nash said there was a common theme from the government about the Coalition’s negativity and that of its leader Tony Abbott.

But she said if the government provided some decent policy, “we would not have to say 'no' and it’s as simple as that”.

“It is 'no' because the policies this government continues to put before us and before the Australian people are so bad."

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Sir Les P
11/07/2012 5:55:01 AM

But Joe you won't answer the questions remember all the questions about the live cattle trade you just sat their with a dopey look on your face.
John Niven
11/07/2012 6:18:47 AM

Well Joe read Bob Katter's book and take the portfolio by the throat. There certainly is an opportunity for a Minister of any political persuasion to make a name for himself. Better late than never.
Bushie Bill
11/07/2012 7:25:50 AM

Sooner or later, (or pessimistically, maybe never?) the blinkered boring bronzed-brained bozos from the bush (aka rustic rural RARA right-wing redneck ratbags) will wake up, and apply their extremely limited individual and collective intelligence to think about who has and who will serve them best in parliament. Their own party is a bunch of fools. If there was a micro-sniff of the smarts, they would realize that they have never had it so good, and this magic world they find themselves in is entirely due to the excellent work of Windsor and Oakeshott. Alas, RARA is all whinge and no brains.
Joe
11/07/2012 7:59:54 AM

Bill please you are making it worse for me?
Fred
11/07/2012 8:04:18 AM

What's the point of asking questions when all you get is lies and deceit. It's like banging your head on a brick wall. It feels good when you stop. Ludwig, Gillard and their cronnies just carry on doing what they want regardless!!
Bushie Bill
11/07/2012 8:10:17 AM

Joe, is that a question or a statement?
no more green dribble
11/07/2012 8:21:36 AM

Dear o dear you do write some absolute utter drivel Bushie.
Over The Hill
11/07/2012 8:44:45 AM

Could Minister Ludwig please explain to me what a "carbon farm" produces? can we eat it or wear it? or is this just another payment for being non productive?
bazza
11/07/2012 9:58:07 AM

Over the hill, its almost the same principal as the coalitions policy other than that the coalition pays the farmer using tax payers money then gives the carbon credit to the polluters. Labour pays the farmer and charges the polluter which is I think a policy of not subsadising the polluters? More like the liberal philosophy of user pays. Maybe there is a reversal of rolls going on here.
a GRAZIER
11/07/2012 10:06:30 AM

No use asking Joe a question about something he is entirely ignorant of. He can only trot out a few stock phrases.
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