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Australian Farmers Congratulate Malcolm Turnbull

15 September 2015

On behalf of the farming community, I congratulate Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop on their election as Leader and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party and look forward to working with the Coalition to progress the interests of Australian farmers.

Together, their business and international policy credentials will form a strong foundation for the Australian economy – supporting the enormous potential of our agriculture sector.

The Prime Minister is right. We now live in a world of great opportunity – a global economy signified by endless technology and innovation. Australian agriculture has an important role to play in shaping a new vision for an agile and adaptive economy.

Australia’s clean, safe and high-quality produce is in demand around the world. Our unequalled proximity to a growing Asian middle class – coupled with recent strides in market access and digital infrastructure – position agriculture as a significant growth sector in an otherwise fragile economy.

Farm output is predicted to rise 8 per cent this financial year, to a record $57.1 billion. We have the opportunity to cement a firm economic footing with one of the world’s largest trading nations. Building consensus on the China FTA must be a priority, so that rural and regional Australia can capitalise on the enormous potential ahead.

The NFF pays tribute to outgoing Prime Minister Tony Abbott for his long commitment to public life and leadership over the past two years. He has played an important role in shaping the future of our nation.

We look forward to an ongoing and constructive engagement with the new Government on the issues which matter most to Australian farmers. A modern Australia, with a strong rural voice, will enhance our competitiveness on the global stage.

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