Innovation plan lacks nuance

ACKNOWLEDGING Australia has the potential to do well in areas such as food and agribusiness, mining and medical technologies is hardly radical.
ACKNOWLEDGING Australia has the potential to do well in areas such as food and agribusiness, mining and medical technologies is hardly radical.
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A RAFT of proposals in Joyce's Ag Green Paper are unlikely to ever see the light of day because they conflict with government philosophy or are unaffordable. A RAFT of proposals in Joyce's Ag Green Paper are unlikely to ever see the light of day because they conflict with government philosophy or are unaffordable.
FLOODING and hail has caused widespread crop damage in large parts of Western Australia. FLOODING and hail has caused widespread crop damage in large parts of Western Australia.
A MAJOR cattle station in central Queensland has sold for a 50pc discount to what the vendor paid for it at the top of the market, alarming local landholders. A MAJOR cattle station in central Queensland has sold for a 50pc discount to what the vendor paid for it at the top of the market, alarming local landholders.
AS AACo brings its markets into sharper focus, the edges of what defines 'the company' are blurring. AS AACo brings its markets into sharper focus, the edges of what defines 'the company' are blurring.
NOT many people – including Coalition MPs – understand the details of the government's Direct Action plan.
31 Oct 14  2 NOT many people – including Coalition MPs – understand the details of the government's Direct Action plan.
31 Oct 14  1 THE government's new innovation and competitiveness agenda sends a positive message to foreign investors interested in Australian agribusiness.
BARNABY Joyce's big dam building plans will damage the environment and the long-term viability of the agricultural sector, says LEE RHIANNON.
29 Oct 14  18 BARNABY Joyce's big dam building plans will damage the environment and the long-term viability of the agricultural sector, says LEE RHIANNON. | National Water Commission to be...  | Hung out to dry as NWC scrapped 
RECENT tragedies may give the impression rural communities have a higher than average incidence of gun-related violence - but the issue is not a simple one.
28 Oct 14  22 RECENT tragedies may give the impression rural communities have a higher than average incidence of gun-related violence - but the issue is not a simple one. | Heartbreak at Lockhart  | Three dead in Victorian rural... 
THE PM is counting on foreign investors to achieve the structural change that he is not prepared to engineer himself, says ALAN MITCHELL.
27 Oct 14  14 THE PM is counting on foreign investors to achieve the structural change that he is not prepared to engineer himself, says ALAN MITCHELL. | Green paper whitewashes...  | KAFTA report splits opinion 
TIMES are tough for livestock producers in Australia but this, of course, is nothing new and successive years have thrown out challenges to producers.
26 Oct 14 TIMES are tough for livestock producers in Australia but this, of course, is nothing new and successive years have thrown out challenges to producers.  | Good support for Leawarra  | Paramount rams make $1000 four... 
15 Oct 14 LAST week, during Mental Health Week, NSW Farmers launched the Glove Box Guide for Mental Health in partnership with the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health and The Land.
MODERN communication tools have undoubtedly improved efficiency and the speed at which information can be shared, but can never replace a face-to-face catch up, says KATE MANION.
12 Oct 14 MODERN communication tools have undoubtedly improved efficiency and the speed at which information can be shared, but can never replace a face-to-face catch up, says KATE MANION.
SIGNS are pointing towards finalisation of the long overdue Australia-China FTA next month, yielding potentially lucrative returns for Australian agriculture.
10 Oct 14  2 SIGNS are pointing towards finalisation of the long overdue Australia-China FTA next month, yielding potentially lucrative returns for Australian agriculture. | Dairy needs China FTA: Robb  | Abbott dispels 'Asia's food... 
FADING our curtains and keeping the cows awake, who does the sun think it is? Naughty sun, back in your box.
04 Oct 14  2 FADING our curtains and keeping the cows awake, who does the sun think it is? Naughty sun, back in your box. | Making ag a popular career choice  | Australia Post must act, to the... 
PUTTING prisoners to work on the land is a win-win for all of us.
29 Sep 14  4 PUTTING prisoners to work on the land is a win-win for all of us. | Forestry industry in recovery:...  | Making ag a popular career choice 
WHAT can three children teach you about matching messages to audiences? Cox Inall’s Michael Thomson finds out.
28 Sep 14 WHAT can three children teach you about matching messages to audiences? Cox Inall’s Michael Thomson finds out.
THE RIRDC Rural Women’s Awards celebrate an essential part of what gives the three Rs of Australia their strength: its people, says MATT LINNEGAR.
26 Sep 14 THE RIRDC Rural Women’s Awards celebrate an essential part of what gives the three Rs of Australia their strength: its people, says MATT LINNEGAR. | Overcoming the real barriers to...  | Making ag a popular career choice 
AUSTRALIA'S rural sector might not want to rush into an FTA with China, but we could soon find China is doing a lot more business with our competitors.
24 Sep 14  1 AUSTRALIA'S rural sector might not want to rush into an FTA with China, but we could soon find China is doing a lot more business with our competitors.
THERE are very few things that occur in our Australian landscapes that happen in isolation, and wild dog control is no exception.
24 Sep 14  8 THERE are very few things that occur in our Australian landscapes that happen in isolation, and wild dog control is no exception. | Dingoes can be allies  | The feral solution 
THE endless landscape as we fly towards Miles is littered with pockmarks.
18 Sep 14  4 THE endless landscape as we fly towards Miles is littered with pockmarks.
DINGOES, wild dogs – whatever you call them - are bad news for the sheep industry but they get results for many cattle producers.
18 Sep 14  24 DINGOES, wild dogs – whatever you call them - are bad news for the sheep industry but they get results for many cattle producers. | Human error created dog problem  | The feral solution 
MY earliest memories of paddock work involve dog drives with my Dad and a heap of neighbours, inside and outside the fence.
14 Sep 14  3 MY earliest memories of paddock work involve dog drives with my Dad and a heap of neighbours, inside and outside the fence.
AG needs to listen more to consumers. This in an uncomfortable phrase to most farmers, but it's a conversation that must be had to take the industry forward.
10 Sep 14 AG needs to listen more to consumers. This in an uncomfortable phrase to most farmers, but it's a conversation that must be had to take the industry forward.
LIKE clearing landmines in Cambodia, new farming areas for sheep will not be safe nor profitable until the feral problem is removed completely.
06 Sep 14 LIKE clearing landmines in Cambodia, new farming areas for sheep will not be safe nor profitable until the feral problem is removed completely. | Pack mentality targets wild dog... 
THIS government’s promise to rural Australia was to reinvigorate our agricultural sector – and we are delivering on that promise, says BARNABY JOYCE.
06 Sep 14  2 THIS government’s promise to rural Australia was to reinvigorate our agricultural sector – and we are delivering on that promise, says BARNABY JOYCE. | KAFTA report splits opinion  | One year in: live exports 

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Doctor Barney as Deputy Prime Minister is a horror movie in 3D, but it is halloween.
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In some ways you have a point Freshy but not totally. You are right to say farmers need to
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Yeah, that's right, FFS, in the 15th floor penthouse. How nice of you to remember. Are you going
NEWS of the secret profit-sharing deal prompted the Wheatbelt Railway Retention Alliance (WRRA) to describe the current situation as a “disgrace” and question whether a corruption inquiry or Royal Commission was needed.30 Oct 14 NEWS of the secret profit-sharing deal prompted the Wheatbelt Railway Retention Alliance (WRRA) to describe the...
CBH says a potential conflict of interest in the WA Government's oversight of Brookfield Rail operating a privatised State-owned monopoly asset, while being incentivised to profit share with the commercial entity, must be urgently addressed.30 Oct 14  1 CBH says a potential conflict of interest in the WA Government's oversight of Brookfield Rail operating a privatised...