What a surprise. We have a PM for infrastructure so stuck in the 1950s, he builds 20th century roads. We need a big government solution to develop a 21st road-rail-port infrastructure to facilitate rapid freight handling. Air to nodes would have to be part of the design. Leabing complex transport design to states and Barnaby is a revioe for DDD - debt'n'deficit-disaster.
23/11/14 11:55 PM
"if the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered". Is it any different in Australia?
JBS will soon be a law to themselves just like Coles and Woolworths
23/11/14 09:22 AM
if 1000 producers could access up to 60k in low interest loans that they could actually get we could save 1million breeders and then they would be viable. At the way the criteria is lot of producers can not access loans because they are deemed not viable by QRAA . And cannot afford to feed there breeding cows .
21/11/14 10:16 PM
What a fantastic story. The old farmer cooperative, in danger of contraction, corporatises, then lists in 1984 and with brilliant management becomes one of the great companies in Australia. Many farmers remain as shareholders with big contributions to their super funds. Pity about the other WA based co op. Blind adherence to a moribund ideology by a Board and shareholders places this company in grave danger. Competition in the sector is here and much more to come which means volume will bypass. And all the while potential real equity for the current $2 shareholder evaporates.
20/11/14 10:57 PM


Competition = higher prices. Simple formula. WA is on the cusp of a investment in grains logistics and supply chain boom and CBHs monopoly position will be destroyed.
18/11/14 11:07 PM
I do not kinow where this writer has been for the last decade?
Farming changed years ago and fallowing was virtually eliminated from the rotation. Break crops with lergumes and canola were introduced to continous cropping practices; straw is incorporated back into the soil and burning has also almost been eliminated. Get your head out of that old text book and have a look at just how progressive today's farmers really are. Sadly articles like this one make farmers seem to be behind the times.
20/11/14 06:19 AM
As once before in this blog I quote the late Charles Perkins. "Throw a match into dry grass and see how long it is before (the same old, my addition) snakes stick their heads up. The same group of anti GM ers will be out in force with this article justifying the unjustifiable "crime against humanity".
17/11/14 10:02 PM
He makes some valid points I totally agree with. I do not deny that in the past a few have made good money storing grain for longer than a year, however, one wonders if that premium will be around in the future with so much on farm storage in place now? How would the economics of storing grain be affected by an improvement in rail infrastructure (delib delabidated) into the future,could efficiency savings make it more prudent to sell to bulk handlers rather than self storage? I see many old silos around unused, could a technological shift in grain storage, make current storage systems outdated
16/11/14 06:33 PM
Will the new varieties be CSG/coal resistant?
18/11/14 11:37 PM


It's great to see some fantastic opportunities for multiple levels of education requirements.
I imagine these graduates will be in hot demand four years from now!
EPA is just a gov dept - they will be working on what their Minister wants. The Minister should stand down.
24/11/14 05:58 AM
You can tell this report is correct because of the warmer than average winters in the USA. They wont see snow any more will they and will see above average temperatures. Anyone see anything wrong with this?
How far removed from reality are these clowns. A long long way. Looking at the big freeze in the US is it any wonder people don't trust these reports any more.
21/11/14 05:31 AM
20/11/14 07:54 PM
As an example, if we banned certain preservatives/residues in our foods as we discovered them to be harmful to our health, are we the taxpayer liable for lost company earnings? where are the lines drawn between public good and govts too scared to intervene based on legal action by big business? this is a complex issue, govts never get every decision right and we the taxpayers will be fitting a big bill. Bit surprised the legal world are drawing attention to it, wouldn't it be a gold mine for them? to me it seems they do actually have the publics interests at heart, well done
19/11/14 07:32 PM


Profits down, levies collected up.
Just goes to show why the levy system needs change. Perhaps compulsory levies should be taken at a different part of the supply chain where incomes and profits are more stable?
24/11/14 03:19 AM
This is a problem that can be solved, like the papaya virus problem in Hawaii. Growers and government, have some guts and embrace technological advance! Consider a GM solution! Hawaii did it successfully
14/11/14 10:58 AM
More and more insecticides and pesticides will take this of the growing systems. Europe sets the example for banning chemicals. GM solutions are more and more tempting and certainly safer
14/11/14 08:55 AM
They claim Genetically Manipulated spuds may: "reduce the amounts of a potentially harmful" chemical, acrylamide, maybe created in potatoes fried at over 120C. But the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) says: "Scientists do not yet know with any certainty whether the levels of acrylamide typically found in some foods pose a health risk for humans." If acrylamide were a proven threat, wouldn't our food regulator (FSANZ) already ban french fries & chips or require the safer cooking methods that NCI recommends? Choice: the risks of radical RNAi or safer cooking habits. No contest, as GM loses.
10/11/14 10:38 AM
Why can't Nanna's source the same fruit from AUSTRALIAN growers. Come on Australia look after our country and it's agricultural pursuits. Patties is local so STAY LOCAL.
04/11/14 11:40 AM


That's not activism - that's a criminal act of violence and wilful damage.
11/11/14 08:38 AM
Seriously Coin? Your article is hell bent on blaming the widely circulated footage for the charges being dropped, when you have actually quoted the RSPCA saying that is not the case?
20/11/14 05:01 AM
this is still not good enough. We want the Senate Inquiry recommendations adopted. Too little too late from MLA and the "industry"
13/11/14 09:43 AM
This is equivalent to an illegal indirect/third party boycott and should be treated as such in exactly the same way as unions or othe bodies are treated when they introduce illegal third party boycotts. The Chinese restaurateurs and their customers should seek legal advice on their rights to carry on legal businesses without harassment.
If these activists believe ducks or any other livestock are being mistreated, they have an obligation to provide evidence. They have absolutely no right to harm third parties.
03/11/14 03:13 AM
It seems the live export industry just don't care where their animals go or what happens to them when they get there, as long as the money keeps flowing. China's record when it comes to humane treatment of animals is completely appalling and the live export industry knows it. Shame on all involved in this vile industry.
31/10/14 03:58 AM


Looks like a fantastic machine.. might order one and report back.
20/11/14 03:44 AM
Any chance of a contact no


The ability to buy a farm in China is a total red herring introduced by emotive or just ordinary old fools. Anyone wanting to buy a farm in China is a fool because only a fool would do so knowing there is clear knowledge that foreigners always come off second best in any legal slouch in China that involves nationals. We cannot claim this is some sort of communist plot because the great USA once used the same legal devices to look after the interests of locals above foreigners. Now the great USA has gone one (or two or three) steps better and want protection from Australian law in Australia.
24/11/14 02:25 AM
These are not free trade agreements!!!
24/11/14 02:16 AM
And we are worried about the Chinese. At least they are doing it to feed their people.
17/11/14 03:24 AM
What proportion of state revenue come from stamp duty? I think on average its over 40%. Would an agent be worried about the viability of farmers in a world of land prices set by non accountable state owned enterprises and inflationary fractional reserve banking? Obviously not.
13/11/14 02:51 PM
This is good news, hopefully the new owners can actually make a living out of breeding and fattening cattle and not just service debt.
19/10/14 10:51 PM

Rural Lifestyle

Look out bozos! We latte/charonnay drinking socialists and Labor Party supporters are heading to a town near you!
We intend to put on a lentil and tofu salad evening to get to know you. Won't it be just so much fun!
14/11/14 04:10 AM
G'day Vernon
One aspect of the Australian economy that you failed to take into consideration: governments of all persuasions seek to run the nation for the benefit of the urban population. That is why we have awards setting wages for the city people but no longer any reserve price scheme for wool and why the meat industry is a free-for-all. The present situation is based on a set of circumstances that existed one hundred years ago and is no longer a viable economic model. With governments determined to stock the continent to its full carrying capacity of humans, collapse is inevitable.
01/11/14 07:42 PM
Well spoken by a true champion Barnaby.
Convincing the Liberals will be the biggest challenge-they are more interested in the big end of town then the small business and family farm sector.
06/10/14 12:58 AM
Congrats on a wonderful event for Richmond. The young ladies and gentlemen of Richmond and surrounds sure glammed it up to match their city friends! From all reports it was a resounding success! Well done to the organizers and for such a great cause!
27/10/14 05:55 AM


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Well SAID "Very Wool" The above comments are typical of a Section of the Merino industry that
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EPA is just a gov dept - they will be working on what their Minister wants. The Minister should
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