NFF musters support online

27 Aug, 2015 02:00 AM
The new website launched today by the NFF.
Delaying the agreement could cost the agricultural export trade up to $300 million in 2016 alone
The new website launched today by the NFF.

THE National Farmers' Federation has launched a new website calling for public support and donations to help its campaign backing free trade agreements.

NFF president Brent Finlay said the new online platform would contain information about the value of the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) and the overall value to farmers of export tariff reductions and improved market access.

The NFF website, is set to go live today, and will also be backed by a new media campaign on free trade.

The website says the ChAFTA is a game-changer for Australian agriculture by providing unprecedented access to the world’s second largest economy and creating new opportunities for many of key agricultural exports.

“Unfortunately, a campaign is underway to derail implementation of this historic agreement and its benefits to our economy,” it says.

“Attempts to reopen the negotiations at this late stage put the whole deal at risk.

“Delaying the agreement could cost the agricultural export trade up to $300 million in 2016 alone, with untold flow-on effects is loss of jobs and future income to rural and regional communities across Australia.”

Mr Findlay said the NFF wanted the general public to “come on board and support Australian farmers”.

“On this new website the public can contribute funds to help raise ongoing awareness about the value of free trade to Australian agriculture,” he said.

“We want to continue putting information out into the public domain on free trade because we believe there’s been a sense of disconnect about the importance of free trade and market access, for Australian agriculture.”

The public will be asked to make contributions towards the campaign, with $100, $500 and $2500 and “other” set as the guide for contributions.

Colin Bettles

Colin Bettles

is the national political writer for Fairfax Agricultural Media
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Jock Munro
27/08/2015 5:24:21 AM

We would expect the NFF to support the free trade deal with the Chinese because they are more than happy for us to sell our farms and business' to the Chinese government. Besides,in the main the Canberra centric NFF has only been an arm of the government.
27/08/2015 7:21:26 AM

It is rumoured the NSW Farmers Board recently gave $1.5 million to NFF. Is this the reason?
27/08/2015 11:59:41 AM

Funding for ANOTHER website? They can't use the website they already have? (or the other new one they're spending $$$$$ on building?)
27/08/2015 3:05:38 PM

Ignorance writ large by Jock Munro and his ilk. Complete lies, fabrication and misinformation all peddled with abandon and these clowns should not be given any more oxygen.
Diane Teasdale
28/08/2015 5:07:20 AM

What do we expect? They are known as the NFF - No Family Farms.....
Jock Munro
31/08/2015 8:20:09 AM

It looks as if you are out numbered free trade ! Do you oppose free speech?


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