Tuesday 25 October, 2011
Strong future for live exports
The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry last week released the findings of the Independent Review of Australia’s Livestock Export Trade and the Government's response.
Speaking at the press conference at Parliament House on Friday with Minister Ludwig and the Review's author, Bill Farmer, NFF President Jock Laurie said the Government's commitment to work with the Australian livestock industry to improve animal welfare standards in overseas markets would secure the long-term sustainability of the trade.
Carbon tax passes lower house
In the past fortnight, one of the major policy issues that NFF has been working on - the carbon tax - passed Parliament's Lower House. The Clean Energy Future legislation will now be debated in the Senate.
The NFF will continue to lobby on areas of concern for our members, particularly the inclusion of food and fibre processing under the carbon tax - the increased costs of which are expected to be passed back to farmers. The NFF will also continue to work to ensure that farmers have access to information about carbon and the programs directed at the agricultural sector.
Read more about the NFF's position on the carbon tax here.
Korea free trade agreement
International trade is back in the headlines, with the Minister for Trade last week proposing a new approach to multi-lateral trade negotiations in the wake of the Doha stalemate.
At the same time, Australia's pending free trade agreement with Korea is now reaching a critical stage, with the need for an agreement to be reached in order to both grow our market and sure up our existing foothold.
Korea is one of our biggest export markets for beef, dairy, sugar and cotton, however the US and the EU have both recently ratified agreements with Korea (the US bill alone could slash Australian exports to Korea by 12 percent). The pressure is now on: Australia's deal with Korea must be finalised to prevent our farmers being disadvantaged.
The NFF continues to work with the Government on this issue. Read more about the Australia-Korea free trade agreement here.
Heads of State
In the past week, the NFF has had the great honour of meeting with Australia's heads of state - Her Royal Highness, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Governor General of Australia, Her Excellency Quentin Bryce, and the Prime Minister, the Honorable Julia Gillard.
Farming's "first family", NFF's Jock Laurie and his wife Lyn, were guests at the Queen's official reception at Parliament House on Friday, along with CEO Matt Linnegar and his wife Regina. Earlier that day, Jock and Matt also met with the Prime Minister at Parliament House to discuss the critical national issues facing farmers, including drought reform, carbon tax and the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
And, on Saturday 15 October, NFF jointly hosted the Governor-General at Adaminaby with NSW Farmers' to celebrate International Rural Women's Day. 30 women from the Cooma-Monaro and Snowy Mountains regions joined Her Excellency for afternoon tea in the grounds of "Hazelwood".
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