Tuesday 17 April, 2012
Government invests in ag's future
The NFF has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Joe Ludwig, of $150,000 towards the Blueprint for Australian Agriculture at the Wagga, NSW, Blueprint forum earlier this month. NFF Vice-President Duncan Fraser joined the Minister for the announcement in Wagga, where they also visited a farmer who had suffered damage to 90 percent of his property during the recent floods.
The Blueprint forums continue around the country, with the Victorian forum taking place tomorrow, Wednesday 18 April, from 1pm to 5pm at the Overlander Hotel in Shepparton. This will be followed with the South Australian forum in Adelaide on Wednesday 2 May, from 1pm to 5pm at the Adelaide Pavilion.
For more information, or to register to attend the Shepparton or Adelaide forums, please visit the Blueprint webpage or call the NFF on 02 6269 5666.
Don't mess with fuel tax
Less than a month out from the Federal Budget, the NFF has released its submission to the Government's Energy White Paper, reinforcing the importance of affordable fuel and energy to the long-term competitiveness of the agricultural sector.
In just one year, fuel costs for Australian farmers jumped 12 percent - with significant impacts on farmers and the sector's competitiveness. The NFF remains an ardent supporter of the Fuel Tax Credit scheme and we are absolutely opposed to any suggestion that the scheme may be scaled back in the upcoming Budget.
We believe that requiring farmers to pay excise on fuel would be a tax on farm production that will hurt the bottom lines of farmers and the broader economy - it's as simple as that. For more, read our release or view our Energy White Paper submission.
Report shows Basin Plan will cut jobs, income
Yesterday, as we lodged our submission to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority on the proposed Basin Plan, an independent economic report was released, finding that the Authority's modelling on the impacts of the Plan is seriously flawed.
The report, undertaken by Independent Economics on behalf of a group of Murrumbidgee Valley stakeholders, found that the proposed Plan is likely to permanently reduce employment by 2,100 jobs and income by almost $200m in the South-West Murrumbidgee area alone. The report challenges the Authority's findings of "minimal" impact on regional communities.
The NFF has called time and time again for a balanced Basin Plan - one in which the needs of our towns, our economies and our agricultural communities are given equal footing with the needs of the environment. Now, as the community consultation period ends and we lodge our submission, we urge the Authority and the Government to listen to our concerns, and to take our suggested solutions for water-savings - like a greater focus on infrastructure and increased research and development - seriously.
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