In this contributed opinion article Roma farmer Charles Nason outlines how decades of strategic thinking on drought policy have been alarmingly overlooked or ignored and outlines why drought policy must be seen as an issue of critical importance to every Australian.
It’s time for Australian farmer organisations to find ways to deliver more tangible and direct benefits to members as part of their membership offer without being distracted by the lure of compulsory levy funds as an easy solution to declining membership support, writes Australian Farm Institute executive director Mick Keogh
Last week The Conversation website published an article (1) that had many on the conservative side of politics shaking our heads in disbelief and again wondering who, if anyone, could be fooled by such a fantastic list of incorrect claims and mistruths about the kangaroo industry and, more broadly, rural Australia.
Initial reaction from farm representative groups and other associated bodies to the Abbott Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper released on Saturday has been largely positive.
With the release of the Abbott Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper only a few days away, the Government has received some positive feedback from the Australian Farm Institute on the Northern Australia White Paper it released two weeks ago. Here Australian Farm Institute executive director Mick Keogh outlines why he believes the Northern Australia paper makes a great deal of sense.
It has become tiresome watching politicians and rural leaders wringing their hands and shedding crocodile tears over the failure of drought aid to reach those in desperate need. The cause of their angst is that drought concessional loans are reaching very few people in need.