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Wednesday 18 September 2013

Federal Election Wash-Up

With the Federal Election now behind us, and a new Coalition government elected, it's now time to get on with the job of running the country. The NFF congratulates Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and the Coalition on their election win.

Throughout the election campaign, we continued to call on both sides of Government to make agriculture a number one priority going forward. We saw numerous promises made, and now we look to the Coalition to turn their policy promises into actions.

The NFF will continue to work with the new Ministry and our new Prime Minister Tony Abbott to implement the important policies as announced by the Coalition over the past several weeks.

For more, read our media release here.

New Ministry Announced

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has this week announced Australia's new Government ministry, and the NFF is pleased to welcome Barnaby Joyce to the agriculture portfolio.

The NFF look forward to working with Barnaby Joyce, Parliamentary Secretary Richard Colbeck and their Parliamentary colleagues, in ensuring a strong and sustainable future for Australian agriculture.

Agriculture's importance to Australia's society, economy and environment is evidenced by the fact that it crosses so many Ministerial portfolios, including Foreign Affairs (Julie Bishop); Trade and Investment (Andrew Robb); Infrastructure and Regional Development (Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss); Environment (Greg Hunt); Treasury (Joe Hockey); Finance (Mathias Cormann); Employment (Eric Abetz); Education (Christopher Pyne); Communications (Malcom Turnbull); Industry (Ian Macfarlane); Small Business (Bruce Billson); and Immigration and Border Protection (Scott Morrison).

The NFF welcomes all Ministers, Assistant Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries to their portfolios and will work closely with them in securing strong policy outcomes for Australian farmers.

For more, read our media release here.

NFF Red Tape Paper Released

Last week, we released our Red Tape in Australian Agriculture paper, which outlines the impact of excessive, overlapping and inconsistent regulation, unwieldy approval, licensing and reporting requirements and heavy handed regulation of the Australian farm sector.

The paper shows the alarming cost burden of red and green tape on farm businesses - in 2007, it was over $22,500, or 14 percent of average net farm profit, and considering the amount of regulation passed by the former Government, particularly in their last term, this figure is likely to have increased significantly.

The paper comes as the World Economic Forum releases its global competitiveness report for 2013-14, which shows Australia has slumped to 128th position, out of 148 countries, for the burden of government regulation – down from 96th last year, and 68th the year before – an alarming statistic.

NFF President Duncan Fraser, said last week, "We ultimately want to see a reduction in the amount of unnecessary or duplicative red tape, and are calling on the Government to deliver this and to ensure they better understand the cost impact of any future regulation on Australian farm businesses, before it is implemented."

For more, read our media release here, or download the paper here.

NFF Grains Policy Council Meets

The newly established NFF Grains Policy Council (NFFGPC) met in Perth on Tuesday last week, consolidating its position as the peak industry group for grains in Australia.

Formed in 2012, the NFFGPC brings together state farming
organisations AgForce, NSW Farmers, the Victorian Farmers Federation, Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, WAFarmers, Grain Producers SA and GrainGrowers Ltd with the key goal of forming a unified voice for grain producers across the nation.

At the meeting, the Council moved towards electing an Independent Chair, as well as addressing some of the key national issues facing grains currently.

These included the operations of Grain Trade Australia, and discussions with US corporation Archer Daniels Midland on their GrainCorp bid.

For more, read our media release here.

The NFF AGvocate
Issue 42

In this issue

Federal Election Wash-Up

New Ministry Announced

NFF Red Tape Paper Released

NFF Grains Policy Council Meets

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