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Feature Articles & Opinion Editorials

Following are feature articles and opinion pieces, written by the National Farmers' Federation (NFF), which have been printed in a variety of publications.


May 2013

  • Farm Finance: Big questions still to be answered (PDF 41.1 kb)

    The NFF's opinion editorial for Fairfax Agricutlural Media outlining our concerns regarding the Government's Farm Finance package and the big questions that still remain for farmers. Published 2 May 2013.

December 2011

July 2011

  • Sell only what we don't need (PDF 45.5 kb)

    The NFF's opinion piece for The Australian provided clarity around the foreign investment debate and the need to separate it from issues around mining v agriculture. While foreign investment has traditionally been positive for Australian agriculture, in the wake of the 'other GFC', the global food crisis, the motives of foreign investors need to be considered.

    This opinion piece was published in The Australian on 4 July 2011 and can also be viewed on The Australian website by clicking here.

May 2010

  • Drought pilot up and away (DOC 61.0 kb)

    The NFF's opinion editorial for The Land outlining new drought measures aimed at empowering farmers, shifting from ‘drought relief’ to ‘drought management and preparedness’, and establishing principles to guide the new regime in a WA trial - Published 6 May 2010...

October 2009

  • Farmers in the game, by our rules (DOC 59.5 kb)

    The NFF's opinion editorial for Queensland Country Life reiterating farmers stake in debate over the Australian Government's proposed CPRS - Published 29 October 2009...

  • Time to calm the angry ETS beast (DOC 59.0 kb)

    The NFF's opinion editorial for The Weekly Times laying down its position on amendments to the Australian Government's proposed CPRS - Published 28 October 2009...

August 2009

  • CPRS not the answer for agriculture (DOC 60.0 kb)

    The NFF's opinion editorial for The Australian Financial Review casting cold water on Australian Government's plans to cover agriculuture under its limited Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, calling on the Government to give Australian farmers the same certainty as our international counterparts - Published 17 August 2009...

  • We can help, but beyond Kyoto (DOC 60.5 kb)

    The NFF's opinion editorial for The Land Newspaper highlighting the limitations of the Australian Government's proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme for agriculure, the need to carve the farm sector out od the scheme, and set up a voluntary offsets scheme - Published 13 August 2009...

April 2009

  • Taxing times for regional Australia (DOC 61.0 kb)

    The NFF's opinion editorial for Queensland Country Life calling for a tax system overhaul to relieve cost pressures on regional Australian in the wake of the Federal Government's proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme - Published 9 April 2009...

March 2009

  • Digging into soil carbon warrants study (DOC 61.5 kb)

    The NFF's opinion editorial for ABC Online canvassing the essential need for research and development of soil carbon opportunities and the need for the Australian Government to think outside its Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme for solutions - Published 31 March 2009...

  • Farmers part of the carbon solution (DOC 61.5 kb)

    The NFF's opinion editorial for The Canberra Times canvassing the essential need for research and development of soil carbon opportunities and the need for the Australian Government to think outside its Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme for solutions - Published 11 March 2009...

  • All farmers need to be part of drought strategy (DOC 58.5 kb)

    The NFF's opinion editorial for ABC Online spelling out the acceptable and necessary features for reforming drought policy under the Australian Government's Drought Review - Published 2 March 2009...

January 2009

  • Agriculture investment the key to securing economy (DOC 63.5 kb)

    The NFF's opinion editorial outlining the key planks of its Federal Budget Submission 2009, which is a plan for sustaining Australia through the global financial crisis, putting Australia 'front-and-centre' in overcoming the world food shortage and generating lasting economic prosperity - Published 27 January 2009...

September 2008

  • Coalition marooned (DOC 54.5 kb)

    The NFF's opinion editorial for Good Fruit & Vegetables magazine following the federal Coalition's belated opposition to the NFF's plan to recruit Pacific Islanders to work on Australian farms - Published September 2008...

July 2008

  • Countdown to emissions scheme (DOC 54.5 kb)

    The NFF's opinion editorial for Good Fruit & Vegetables magazine and ABC Online, providing analysis of the Australian Government's Green Paper on its Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme - Published 23 July 2008...

  • Food crisis action needed (DOC 55.5 kb)

    The NFF's opinion editorial in The Geelong Advertiser ahead of last ditch trade talks in Geneva, asserting pressure must be put on world leaders to actually do something about the global food crisis - Published 22 July 2007...

  • Farmers need new Kyoto deal (DOC 54.5 kb)

    The NFF's opinion editorial in The Geelong Advertiser calling on the Australian Government to actively press for new accounting rules under the Kyoto Protocol to ensure agriculture's full ability to store carbon is acknowledged - Published 3 July 2008...

June 2008

  • Quarantine: protecting our shores has never been more important (DOC 57.0 kb)

    The NFF's opinion editorial for ABC Online following the Equine Influenza Inquiry and findings of systemic failure in Australia’s quarantine protection, exposing quarantine procedures that pose a serious threat to Australia’s pest and disease-free status - Published 20 June 2008...

  • A solution to food crisis (DOC 54.5 kb)

    The NFF's opinion editorial in the Herald Sun newspaper identifying the drivers of the worldwide food shortfall, leading to higher prices, and warning foreign governments against their protectionist trade agendas which actually prevent farmers from boosting food production and draw out the food crisis - Published 17 June 2008...

  • Bring down barriers to feed more mouths (DOC 54.5 kb)

    The NFF's opinion editorial for news.com.au calling on foreign governments to abandon their trade distorting policies which are fuelling the world food shortage and forcing price ever-higher - Published 17 June 2008...

  • Speaking Pacifically, the answer is nigh (DOC 55.5 kb)

    The NFF's opinion editorial in Good Fruit & Vegetables magazine, outlining its Workforce from Abroad Employment Scheme - the first in a series of targeted initiatives to fill a shortfall of 100,000 employees across the farm sector, specifically horticulture, which need an extra 22,000 entry-level employees - Published June edition 2008...

April 2008

  • Farmers want to know who gets the money (DOC 56.0 kb)

    The NFF's opinion editorial in The Newcastle Herald on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's Grocery Price Inquiry, arguing consumers – feeling the pinch of rising food bills – are entitled to know what is driving higher grocery prices and, likewise, Australian farmers are equally keen to know where the money is going - Published 24 April 2008...

  • Labour pains can be eased (DOC 57.5 kb)

    The NFF's Opinion Editorial for The Weekly Times highlighting the labour shortfall afflicting the farm sector and advocating the NFF's recently released Labour Shortage Action Plan 2008 and Workforce from Abroad Employment Scheme as providing workable solutions - Published 9 April 2008...

  • Drought review must look ahead (DOC 55.0 kb)

    The NFF's opinion editorial in Good Fruit & Vegetables magazine, reinforcing the need for the Australian Government's Drought Review to shift the policy focus from ‘drought relief’ to ‘drought management and preparedness’ - Published April edition 2008...

January 2008

  • We can't carry carbon load (DOC 58.5 kb)

    The NFF's Opinion Editorial for The Weekly Times detailing its submission to Ross Garnaut's climate change review, calling for new investment in climate adaptation and mitigation strategies; new research, development and implementation of technologies, systems and programs to fast-track adaption by farmers to climate risk; and the absolute need for any Australian emissions trading scheme to take full account of agriculture's total 'life cycle' - Published 16 January 2008...

October 2007

  • Drought: secure today, but prepare for tomorrow (DOC 58.0 kb)

    The NFF's Opinion Editorial for ABC Online calling for a new vision in how Australia deals with drought, especially in the face of a changing climate - Published 26 October 2007...

  • Farmers shut out from gains (DOC 56.5 kb)

    The NFF's Opinion Editorial in The Weekly Times spelling out farmers' position on workplace reform and the big business versus unions advertising campaigns preceeding the 2007 Federal Election - Published 10 October 2007...

September 2007

  • Farmers need benefits of change (DOC 57.5 kb)

    The NFF's Opinion Editorial in The Courier-Mail outlining farmers' position on the industrial relations debate and the big business versus unions advertising campaigns - Published 18 September 2007...

  • Farmers need the benefits of workplace reforms (DOC 57.0 kb)

    The NFF's Opinion Editorial in The Age Online in the lead up to the 2007 federal election outlining farmers needs in the industrial relations debate and covering the business versus unions advertising campaigns - Published 11 September 2007...

August 2007

  • System at risk from WTO bid (DOC 55.0 kb)

    The NFF's editorial opinion piece in the Weekly Times outlining the potential consequences of a World Trade Organisation challenge to Australian farmers over the perceived delay in importing New Zealand apples - Published 22 August 2007...

July 2007

  • Recognising NFF realities (DOC 56.5 kb)

    The NFF's opinion piece for Queensland Country Life, discussing the issues that have been the catalyst for the NFF's need to restructure the organisation to keep farm representation relevant in Australia - Published 12 July 2007...

  • Finding a voice for the future (DOC 56.5 kb)

    The NFF's opinion piece for The Weekly Times, outlining the major membership restructure the organisation is driving to take account of the changing face of Australian farming - Published 4 July 2007...

June 2007

  • Emissions trading poses risks & opportunities (DOC 55.5 kb)

    The NFF's Editorial for ABC Online on agriculture's response to the Australian Government's Emissions Trading Task Group report, released on 4 June 2007 - Published 6 June 2007...

March 2007

  • The primary sector can't afford to wait for a rainy day (DOC 59.5 kb)

    The NFF's Opinion Editorial for The Australian calling for a 'sustainable' commitment to Australian agriculture and the economy under the Australian Government's 2007 Federal Budget - Published 14 March 2007...

  • Towards 2050: Solutions from Agriculture (DOC 54.5 kb)

    The NFF's Editorial for ABC Science Online on the challenges agriculture faces in reducing greenhouse gas emissions a further 60% before 2050 - Published 1 March 2007...

February 2007

  • What 2007 holds in store (DOC 62.0 kb)

    The NFF's feature article for Queensland Country Life, outlining the strategic issues and challenges ahead for agriculture and the organisation in 2007 - Published 8 February 2007...

January 2007

  • Bold new approach to ‘positively’ manage water (DOC 55.5 kb)

    The NFF's Editorial for ABC Online in the wake of Prime Minister John Howard's $10 billion water initiative - Published 25 January 2007...

  • New vision needs support (DOC 52.0 kb)

    The NFF's article in The Weekly Times advances how NFF's Environmental Stewardship initiative - already endorsed by the Australian Government - can deliver tangible outcomes for farmers, the environment and the broader community - Published 17 January 2007...

November 2006

  • Australian farmers support free trade because it works! (DOC 63.0 kb)

    The NFF's feature Article in The International Forum of Agricultural Producer’s Trade and Development Letter, supporting free trade and the active pursuit of bringing down international trade barriers - Published November/December Edition 2006...

October 2006

  • Farmers are not bludging off land (DOC 56.0 kb)

    The NFF's counter to claims in The Canberra Times that in the face of drought farmers are unsustainable, unviable and rely on 'hand outs' - Published 24 October 2006...

September 2006

  • Cairns stand revives Doha round hopes (DOC 54.0 kb)

    The NFF's article in The Australian Financial Review following the Cairns Group meeting, which created impetus for reviving the World Trade Organisation's Doha round - Published 25 September 2006...

  • New brand of NFF (DOC 58.0 kb)

    Article by NFF President David Crombie for Farm Business magazine outlining the new strategic direction of the organisation - Published 8 September 2006...

August 2006

  • Doha's down, not out (DOC 53.5 kb)

    The NFF's article in The Australian is a response claims the World Trade Organisation's Doha Round is dead, and NFF's view that Australia has a role to play in reviving multilateral trade - Published 7 August 2006...

July 2006

  • Winning back respect (DOC 51.0 kb)

    Article by NFF President David Crombie for Western Magazine illustraing the need to engage with metropolitan Australia and remind them of the importance of agriculture - Published 9 July 2006...

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