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19 Sep 2019

Courier Mail op-ed: Reef Regulations not the solution

The Reef Bill returned to the Queensland Parliament this week and while at the time of writing it hadn’t yet passed, it will. Despite farmers and their representative bodies actively engaging in...
18 Sep 2019

Farmers face challenge of cumulative ag policies

The Environmental Protection (Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 came back to the Queensland Parliament this week with no changes to the Bill itself. It...
11 Sep 2019

Bipartisanship sought on animal activists

This week has the potential to be a turning point in realising greater legal protections for farmers, and more appropriate punishments and deterrents for the disruptive and extreme actions we have...
4 Sep 2019

More balance needed for reef policies

Comparisons between two of Australia’s greatest, large-scale environmental challenges – the Murray Darling Basin (MDB) and the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) – are sometimes drawn. The $13 billion...
28 Aug 2019

Reviewing disaster recovery and resilience

As farmers are all too aware, Queensland is the most disaster impacted state in Australia. It is therefore unsurprising that we have a comprehensive and tested disaster management framework. We are...
21 Aug 2019

Biosecurity integral to stop swine fever

Biosecurity incursions are one of Queensland agriculture’s greatest business risks with exotic pests, diseases and weeds having a potentially crippling impact on plant and animal production systems...
14 Aug 2019

Is it right to regulate the Reef?

With the Queensland government's Reef Regulations Bill expected to return to Parliament next week, no one is questioning the value of the Great Barrier Reef or that we must do all we can to extend...
7 Aug 2019

Foreign investment in ag must include communities

Seven years after Chinese textile giant Shandong Ruyi bought 80 per cent of Cubbie Station, the company last week finalised negotiations to sell down its stake. The sale to the Chinese conglomerate...
31 Jul 2019

Dairy price up but ag produce devaluation continues

Last week major supermarkets Aldi, Woolworths and Coles announced they were increasing the price on all varieties of their branded fresh milk with 1L bottles now selling for $1.29, 2L at $2.39 and 3L...
24 Jul 2019

Funding rather than farmers to finance local councils

Local governments play an important role in Queensland’s society as they continue to provide vital economic, social and environmental support for local communities. To meet the needs, interests and...
17 Jul 2019

Punishment and prevention needed for animal activists

In response to an increase in coordinated animal activist attacks on Queensland’s intensive animal farmers, the Queensland Parliament’s Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee is now...
10 Jul 2019

Bridging the research and AgTech divide

The potential opportunities ahead for farming are obvious to those of us working in agriculture, and the increasing interest from the research and AgTech industries to upgrade our sector reinforces...