When has any FTA been beneficial to any country or group?
23/10/14 09:41 PM
Once again Barnaby is correct on the foreign investment issue and no one should be surprised that the Chinese are 'rather bemused' that we Australians would sell off our farms to foreigners.
23/10/14 08:00 PM
The Lib/Nat's have had no intention of supporting farmers during this drought. I don't know anyone receiving benefits and the rules have been written in such a way as to stop the majority from being eligible to apply. A few thousand out of tens of thousands that need it is pathetic. The labor party helped farmers much more during the last drought which was welcome. Only problem was they took it all back and then some with the LE rural destruction plan. This drought is the worst in living memory in my area and it just keeps on going.
23/10/14 05:59 AM
Hadler is correct.Joyce has hijacked this process and with no objective independent policy analysis invited a mass of populist sentiment and used it to justify his predetermined prejudices based on ill founded myths so common to Australian agriculture. Myths woven deep in Joyce,s fabric. We can only hope that discerning and clear thinking prevails.
23/10/14 03:22 AM
I just had my daily call to Barney's staff and it seems that the theatre of "Q" time is all anyone thinks about. Says it all really as to the hopeless output from the two ringed circus that is parliament. Got the GREEN paper out about 4 months late so now we can kick back for xmas! Talk about fiddle while the bush dies on the vine!


When will levy payers get to chose their directors in an open transparent democratic process?
At present we have taxation without representation and a process that a communist nation would be well pleased with.
GRDC needs a restructure as a matter of urgency.
23/10/14 03:23 AM
Brookfield lease should have been on the table from the beginning after all they are entering into a contract with the public of WA not just the government of the day. This should be case for all contractual arrangements between government and business. After all the government are representing us the people.
21/10/14 11:02 PM
Pucker up boys. The era of cross subsidisation is coming to an end! The gravy train is over.
That is one of the major reasons why we pay $1800-$2000 an acre for land close to port.
We're about to lose the shackle of cross subsidisation
22/10/14 11:27 PM
What terrible news. But how often does this happen in grain seasons. Hopefully none of those affected have taken the advice of the reckless deregulation propagandists and forward sold to the extent that they cant now deliver on their contracts.
20/10/14 09:53 PM
when I leave woolworths and coles will they release the product prior to payment, no, so why should we? But a good showing by all in involved and keep up the pressure as insurance products mean nothing in a true economic crisis.
19/10/14 12:10 AM


on one hand we are signing free trade agreements which are nothing but a farce, on the other hand we are forming trade blocs, can the govt explain this hypocrisy? as an example, If in 5 years the govt decides the max res limits are too high and are making us sick and takes responsible action such as lowering them, can their makers sue our govt (who will be paid for by the taxpayer) if they do so?
23/10/14 08:26 PM
The cutting of tariffs by 25% in 1973 was the beginning of Australia's building of real wealth in this country. We recognised and accepted that we are part of the world and not some inferior inward-looking fearful protection-dependent outpost full of yobbo peasants.
21/10/14 09:58 PM
To provide water for growth in agriculture there must be suitable infrastructure.Most importantly is the security of water supply.It provides confidence to move forward,to plant crops.The NWC was meant to provide a way to ensure this would happen alongside securing water for urban growth.Unfortunately the following government bastardised it's real intentions,stole water from agriculture and shifted it towards securing urban growth.Why,because that is where the votes are and as importantly the vaue adding of water by running it through a tap into someone's sink is astronomical.
Uganda Agriculture Journalists Association congratulate Genevieve McAulay for being elected to this post,we wish her the best,God's protection and guidance so as to drive the council to its aspired goals and objectives.Wish you the best all madam
Scrapping the commission is the best news I have heard since 1995. Since then our water entitlements have been socialised to provide security for our urban areas. That has cost rural areas significant wealth as a lot of water was revoked. In other words stolen from agriculture. Fortunately, it appears that agriculture may now get a capital injection through overdue infrastructure development.


And it would appear that this is how easy it is to mess up Australian Agricultures biosecurity, which the govmint would like to have the farmer fund while potentially it stuffs Australian Agriculture because the govmint processes are just too weak to prevent a major disease getting thru. If its government policy to allow all this importation govmint should fund all external biosecurity and also compensate without question when they stuff up as they usually do. This arena is outside of framers control and should not be paying for poor govmint decisions
06/10/14 10:35 PM
Well that was one hell of a failure of MIS's....wouldn't want to make the same mistake again !!!
29/09/14 11:11 PM


Prosecute the cruelty, not the exposure of it. The animals used and exploited for the consumption by humans must have the absolute most stringent protections in place to safeguard against any abuse or extra cruelty in both their incarceration and slaughter.
What is done in the dark WILL be brought to the light.
06/10/14 04:57 AM
What a great story! Not enough young ones looking at the plethora of opportunities available in agriculture. Congratulations Madelaine. Keep up the great work and more importantly you will provide inspiration to lots of other young country kids who face the temptation to drift to the city.
28/09/14 11:21 PM
"These commonsense changes continue to provide ... assurance that our animals are humanely treated."
Right... because shipping an animal across the seas for four weeks to a terrifying, traumatic and painful death - having his or her throat cut whilst fully conscious, is the epitome of humane treatment.
17/09/14 08:21 AM
Showed isolated incidences? Seriously? What the footage showed was people, who should know better, standing around witnessing the events and doing nothing about it. This is why the RSPCA are calling for mandatory reporting from within the industry. It is quite clear this industry does need strong independent auditing and scrutiny and until that happens concerned people will continue to obtain footage in any way they can, now matter how much the industry and their political representatives cry about it.
09/09/14 08:53 PM
I wonder if Russia thinks the same of Australia.
It probably won't be too long before before we're told to put sanctions on China as well.
07/09/14 10:45 PM


Any chance of a contact no
Next you are driving down the road and being held up with a slow old back hoe, maybe you will hope that machines like this will become standard in the future. (:-)
20/09/14 12:31 PM
The large business focussed broadacre farm focusses on timeliness and low capitalisation to reap the rewards of scale. The flipside of that is they use a plethora of contractors for sowing harvest or spraying. These contractors deliver benefits such as in 4 days spraying, quick sow or harvest which far outway any requirement for specified wheel spacing or equipment width, let alone the impracticality of ever deepening tracks
06/09/14 10:19 PM
Good information! Agriculture is precisely dependent on machinery now a days. One cannot do anything without machinery. You can find more Agriculture machinery related question and answers in the following link. riculture-machinery Agriculture Machinery discussion forum
03/09/14 06:12 AM


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
Another Ag fund thats going to make millions for the fund manages not the shareholders.
15/10/14 07:10 AM
If these properties are selling for more than what they were valued at, that means the bank's valuations were too low so that raises the question - why were they placed in Receivership anyway? Sounds like more Corporate Bullying to me. What do you think Bushie Bill? - you seem to know everything.
Gee Neil, this is a rosy outlook - totally at odds with the comprehensive Rabo bank survey. You wouldn't be hopelessly conflicted by your cosy relationship with the Banks would you?
01/09/14 09:09 PM

Rural Lifestyle

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
Well Bushie Bill this flies in the face of your cork swinger opinion of country folk. Guess you aren't quite as smart as you thought you were eh ?
11/09/14 07:20 AM


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I don't know that that's all so. People generally do best if far from home...thus Aussie
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My grand-daughter, very confident and presentable, now 22 began work in Nth Shore Sydney as
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whilst much input is noted here I think Mouse was close to the point. . Of the several methods
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