Recent comments by: Hydatid

Agribuzz with David Leyonhjelm

bg...the solution to your problem is given by dogsbody in the post above you
15/01/14 12:05 AM
cv...I think the authors point is that all we hear from Tasmania is what it won't do to help itself... and more about some fringe schemes that have not yet (and may never) have any effect whatsoever
14/01/14 03:03 AM
Merinoman...agree you are perfectly entitled to your rights...little problem tho...you are already a significant consumer of GMO...nearly everything in your pantry that comes in a packet has significant content of GM Soy or Corn by products, those soft drinks, the shirt you wear, the cheese you eat, and if you are a diabetic, the injection that keeps your kidneys going...you seem to be a feisty enough old b#gger so it doesn't seem to have done you any harm !
13/01/14 09:48 PM
cv...damned by your own words...if Tasmania as this competitive advantage and people are willing to pay such premiums, why has it got its hand in the pockets of every other state bar SA. Why does it have the lowest standard of living?. Why are its educational outcomes so poor?
13/01/14 03:05 AM
LJD...Slander is personal...don't think you can slander a sovereign state ???
But even so... be careful of the Oscar Wilde dilemma (look it up) - what if the slander is true ?
13/01/14 12:08 AM
Am I wrong to assume that Tasmanians also therefore no longer have access to GM derived rennet for cheese making...as well as GM derived insulin for their diabetics ??
12/01/14 11:17 PM
Give up David
You are talking a load scientific fact, economic reality and environmental practicality. Trouble is its like being on an FM radio station...the people who need to take heed only listen to AM !!
12/01/14 09:53 PM
GFA...ditto the private school system...approx. 10k pa cost to taxpayer to educate in the public system...down as low as 2k pa in the private system (although there are a lot of poorer catholic schools that cost the taxpayer almost the same as the public system)
08/01/14 09:52 PM
JJ.. agree to some extent. Governments are there to maintain basic services and to provide infrastructure, and safety nets. As such policy settings are important. A good example of this may have been the Banks four pillars - went along way to protecting us from the GFC. This is an example of what Govt stops us from doing. This is a long way from Govt telling us what we must do. Telling us that we have to market collectively. Telling us that we have to disclose our own information. Telling us that we can't deal direct with our own customers....that is another matter altogether !!
06/01/14 10:55 PM
JJ.. agree to some extent. Governments are there to maintain basic services and to provide infrastructure, and safety nets. As such policy settings are important. A good example of this may have been the Banks four pillars - went along way to protecting us from the GFC. This is an example of what Govt stops us from doing. This is a long way from Govt telling us what we must do. Telling us that we have to market collectively. Telling us that we have to disclose our own information. Telling us that we can't deal direct with our own customers....that is another matter altogether !!
06/01/14 10:55 PM

Get Muddy

BB is right...you will never convince significant numbers of Australian investors to put money into Ag....they know the story too well (this by the way includes the farmers themselves as they also sold out) !...that's why OS investors are so important...they are still full of optimism.
27/11/13 10:05 PM
But Kate,so are the efforts of nurses, firemen, home builders, defence forces, university researchers, teachers etc without a doubt!. Then we start to get judgemental. Are the jobs of tour guides, pilots, shop assistants, truckies - or for that matter wool producers, sandelwood growers, tee tree oil producers, pheasant farmers and taxi drivers worthy of the title important to humanity?. Of course bankers, property developers, club owners, hobby farmers, computer gamers, and those little people who sell useless souvenirs at circular quay are not worthy by any stretch of the imagination! get it!
19/11/13 05:40 AM

A matter of opinion

Actually clean and green is not the "cherry on top".. It is the minimum acceptable standard to get into these niche markets. Australia's problem is that it's missing the cherry on top...what do we have going for us over and above clean and green? At this stage (with a couple of notable exceptions) - not much !
01/12/13 06:33 AM

Agribusiness

No vet...no politician...anything but...However I just hate to see this great ag industry disappear up its own orifice due to disunity and ignorance...and WTF can I give you specific example..the name is Hydatid - not Hyadatid !
And check your facts WTF before you display your complete ignorance or lack of education for everyone in the blog to see...because they are Zoological names...not Botanical
22/01/14 10:11 AM
Bushie Bill et al...I don't now how you put up with all these people...I've had enough for a while...think I'll do something more pleasurable...like getting my wisdom teeth pulled out...might regroup in a couple of months...see ya
22/01/14 08:06 AM
I will keep my answer as simple as possible for people like you who can't spell...would it be easier if I changed my name to Echinococcus? (maybe not)....
Anyway...
1.No workplace regulation other than basic safety and environment
2. No minimum wage
3. No penalty rates
4. No subsidies for anyone
5. Lower taxes and govt
6. Free flow of labour and capital (foreign or otherwise)
If workers, farmers or anyone else are united or smart enough to collectively get a better deal without govt backing or interference then good on'em .
Can I be any clearer !!
22/01/14 12:03 AM
Makka...Most farmers are not greedy - they are generous and hard working to the extreme...can't say the same for commentators on this blog !
Where did I mention illegal immigrants? ...all I mentioned was some poor old aussie granny in need of a feed!
Re govt interference ..you are absolutely on the money...eg:northern cattle producers should sue Ludwig and the govt within an inch of their lives for that Indon decision...just as the Tas trawler (Margiris) owners are doing
21/01/14 11:31 PM
Well that's another first... I've been called a Capitalist and free marketeer plenty of times, a Fascist quite often, a libertarian occasionally (quite happy with all that)...but never dreamed I'd be called a socialist just because I believe society should show compassion to only those most disadvantaged or suffering.
Bit embarrassed really ....the comments in these blogs are not the sentiments I associate with my life in Rural Australia...suppose the world has changed....good luck...you hardly deserve it!
21/01/14 10:10 PM
Well Interested Observer if Jen is on the money...let her peddle that story on behalf of maybe 70,000 farmers to an audience of 22,930,000 other citizens who are being asked to foot the bill and see what degree of sympathy she gets.!
Oh...by the way ask her to do a whip around amongst those farmers to fund this campaign adequately out of their own pockets?
And while you are at it see if you get the backing of the top 20% of producers who produce the majority of output?
And to top it off...see if you can stay on tune with a single united voice?
Over to you guys!
21/01/14 09:29 PM
WTF...are you talking about specifically Australian producers?...because if that's the case you are correct...most country kids don't want to carry on farming ...and most city kids have never heard of it. And thank God...because we don't need any more farmers...we need less farmers making more money !!
21/01/14 05:47 AM
Jen ...you are willingly running a business (I hope)...you could leave it tomorrow if you chose...if your business collapses I may feel sorry for you but it is not my responsibility to keep you in business.
If however you got to 70 years of age with no assets, no income and no one to look after you...no matter what the cause !..I would like to think that our society would not say "she must have done something to deserve that" and let you starve...call me old fashioned but this argument is making me a bit sick with all the greediness...what have come to?
21/01/14 05:36 AM
Jen...I don't think that the basic requirement for food, shelter and health is a gift at all...it is a human right is a civilized society.
I know that you are targeting the ratbag end of the welfare system...but there are many elderly and disabled people out there who require us to look after them...this is not a gift...it is an obligation.
Don't become a ratbag yourself !!!
21/01/14 02:34 AM
Ben Jensen...you have nailed it !
You have described the causal and consequent relationship between welfare, business, employment and taxation. Now where the whole thing comes apart is when you start with welfare to business, so that people can be employed, so that they can pay taxes, so that welfare can be paid...to business...sorta doesn't work does it ??...actually its all starting to sound like Tasmania now and we know what a basket case it is !
20/01/14 10:16 PM

Cropping

Co-ops are the natural response for fragmented weak (weak in power) sellers...as many farming enterprises are. Two golden rules tho...1.They cannot be compulsory as they will rot from within.
2. Get professional management and a good Board that knows what a Boards role is...and that's not to make sure every district gets its own silo, or its own milk processing plant, or its own fertilizer depot, or its own feed mill, or its own cannery, or its own fuel depot...all past examples of pandering to interest groups
16/01/14 12:55 AM
Three things:
1. Is Tas going to ask for less money from the other states to subsidise its low tech lifestyle?
2. Is the Tas cheese industry going to ban rennet from GMO sources?
3. Are Tas diabetics going to give up their insulin derived from GMO's?
12/01/14 12:33 AM
Fair enough!...but SA is a bit like a business with serious debts, limited productivity and poor growth prospects saying to the banks that it will knock back new technologies and opportunities that will make it more competitive. Don't live in SA so don't care...but can all the other states have the money back that we pour into SA (and for that matter Tas) to keep them afloat?...especially since they won't help themselves!!
04/12/13 08:31 AM
Sorry...I'm confused after reading a lot of the above drivel! Who sold their Graincorp shares in the first place. Even GG sold it's share in 2011. Now you are telling the current owners what to do (after shafting their prospects thru political lobbying). You want to control GC?..then put your damned hands in your pockets and buy it back but don't use my money or any body else's..I understand it's going cheap at the moment as it's having trouble attracting overseas capital !!
04/12/13 08:14 AM
Dalby ... I wasn't just referring to other grain traders...read the Volker report and you will see admissions from other industries (oil, gas, machinery etc)...they didn't seem too bothered by it and seemed to suffer no repurcussions
28/11/13 09:53 PM
Ted O'Brien...You are absolutely correct about one thing at least...most people knew what was going on. Other firms around the world were doing it and upon enquiry admitted it...it was the denials and secrecy that turned what would have been a serious misdemeanour into self destruction.
17/11/13 10:58 PM

General

Bea..but life (and eating - particularly brekkie)) would be pretty boring !
16/01/14 09:39 PM
I just know its hot !!!
15/01/14 10:31 PM
A sector in decline...I will be worth less tomorrow than it is today...and even less the day after...and increasingly it will require more public capital to keep it going...sell it and quick
10/01/14 12:31 AM
Fact is that there is a lot of money that could be invested in ag in Australia but isn't..ever asked why? maybe investors are wary of some of these distortions and potential interventions Howes is talking about....and please don't start telling everyone that we need to force the capital markets to do what they don't want to do. Its a bit like telling domestic shoppers to pay a premium for Australian produce, 5-10% will but the rest wont- why should they ?
15/10/13 11:42 PM

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