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Fluid political environment forces NFF Congress change

31 August 2010

THE National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) regrets to advise that Federal Water Minister Penny Wong and her shadow, Senator Barnaby Joyce, have elected to withdraw from a major debate on water policy at the NFF’s 2010 National Congress in Melbourne next Tuesday.

“Both politicians have cited the current uncertainty as to who will form government as their reason for their withdrawal,” NFF President David Crombie explained. “Nevertheless, Independent Senator for South Australia Nick Xenophon will take part in the water session and we look forward to his insights.

“I am disappointed that Congress delegates won’t have the opportunity to hear from these key players, however, while the political machinations in Canberra continue we have to move on.

“I am pleased to announce Senator Xenophon will be joined on Tuesday morning by exceptional replacements. Day Two of the National Congress dives headlong into the crucial issue of water security with Laurie Arthur (Chair, NFF Water Taskforce and Commissioner, National Water Commission) and Rob Freeman (CEO, Murray-Darling Basin Authority).

“All three will discuss the priorities and issues for water reform to meet environmental and agricultural needs.”

The NFF’s 2010 National Congress runs over 6-7 September at The Grand Hyatt in Melbourne. All details, including registration and the full Congress Program, are available from the official Congress website.

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