This discussion is window dressing. The problem is far deeper. We are an energy producing economy and we have no plan to convert that energy into any manufactured products. In fact, it is the opposite, we have very high taxes on energy that create a disincentive to manufacture. All we do is dig it up and export it. If we are going to dig it up, we have a duty to add as much value to it as we can. That requires a plan.
Imagine the regional development outcomes if we could convert energy into manufacturing of our raw agricultural production into high quality, safe and nutritious food & fibre.
01/07/15 02:14 AM
Looks like another one of our companies is about to head to China!
An internet entrepreneur in communist China would be expected to have strong links with the Chinese Government because the media is heavily policed as per usual in a command economy.
01/07/15 01:47 AM
Surely Mr Palmquist doesn't believe that Graincorp has behaved like a co op!
It has been a share holders picnic from day one.
The handling assets were leveraged and allowed to run down.
Graincorp was also used as a stalking horse to get rid of the single desk.
30/06/15 10:47 PM
One vital question, if Minister Joyce does nothing will the Senate support disallowance motions to bring the whole unrepresentative lot down?
Coles have been flogged with a wet lettuce. They must be laughing their heads off.


GRDC running their own race once more and spending grower levies!
Lining themselves up with the traders /merchants that now run the industry and meet every year to celebrate wheat market deregulation.
Obviously the GRDC heavies are not aware that growers do not attend the AGIC Conference.
30/06/15 05:11 AM
Where are you Jock? Guess the verdict on deregulation is in. More money in farmers pockets. Less money in AWB coffers.
30/06/15 12:49 AM
The day Rudd Labor and Nelson's Liberals abolished Australia's single desk national pooling export wheat arrangement was one of the blackest in our Nation's history.
We were able to address all of the problems that Andrew Marshall has documented.
Deregulation has transformed the wheat industry into a merchant free for all.
Unfortunately, industry commentators seem unwilling to acknowledge the ramifications of the treacherous removal of the single desk or that it even existed for over sixty years.
24/06/15 08:43 PM
Everyone should know and understand that John Snooke's PGA are a small minority in the Australian and West Australian grain Industry and that they are more often than not pushing a view in opposition the vast majority of wheat growers.
23/06/15 09:48 PM
The recommended code of conduct will prevent the Australian Sugar Industry from being ruined by the big foreign owned milling companies. But will the Abbott goverenment support the recommendation? Already the Foreign Minister has stuck her nose into the arguement in the support of Wilmar Chairman and the Singaporean government. She has written to the Queensland goverenment asking them to vote down the Private Members Bill's of the KAP and LNP, which are seeking a similar outcome to the recommended Code of Conduct
She is giving no support to an Australian Industry or workers.
24/06/15 10:40 PM


11 whole farmers signed a letter? Wow.
30/06/15 10:48 PM
If "the Seasonal Worker Program is one of agriculture’s great success stories" then perhaps we should reset the bar a little higher.

30/06/15 04:23 AM
Maybe now is when there should be roo counting going on with less vegetation to camouflage them as the official statistics and numbers seem very much less than what is actually in the paddocks. There needs to be solid evidence with conclusive hard data on populations to have rebuttal for the green antis. Otherwise the pro greens will do the counting with a bias and there will be no chance of a roo industry and jobs or sensible grazing pressure control. The current roo numbers are meaning a sick environment with less birds i.e. finches and budgies due to no grass cover!
29/06/15 03:10 AM
Well said! The right combination of fear and respect is needed. We are dealing with a tiger, not a panda.
29/06/15 06:05 AM
Why doesn't the member for Hume have a crack at moving from the general to the specific.An open question.Does he support the full and immediate implementation of the Senate's 7 recommendations for the grass fed levy inquiry? This question requires only a YES/NO answer.


Until quasi government and peak industry bodies listen to people who actually make a living off the land, the "market failure" will continue.
29/06/15 05:42 AM
Back to Bulldust - if it was so good the last lot wouldn't have cleared off - they certainly didn't invest to process - at the end you have to actually market the product too - and these northern soils don't blow breeze up Southern ones - end of story.
24/06/15 11:28 PM
Ausveg is well aware of the answer to their dilemma. The
Not backed or supported by the Government as they have others to answer to. Time is of the essence. Start the revolution today by using the Australian Authenticity Logo designed to help reveal your True Australian Credentials.
There are very few getting a free ride from levies, except bureaucracies and recipients of R&D levy funds and government contributions. It's government which controls income and profitability by their policies, levy expenditure on R&D and marketing has not provided increased returns and profitability to grass fed livestock producers for decades. In fact it is a ride that costs dearly for no additional benefit! This is exactly why the bureaucracies and government shy away from a referendum of the levy payers to confirm the majority want to pay levies for negative return. Fear of democracy!
$13.8 Billion dollars over 5 years?
=9.2 Trillion meat chicks/year, lots of Chicken Treat for our 24 million Australians
14/05/15 10:16 AM


So a web site, and more bureaucrats. Actually controlling wild dogs - Nope!
27/06/15 09:53 PM
Cultural sensitivity???? I would like to see some animal welfare sensitivity. I would like the minister, the producers of these poor animals and those who support live export , to see first hand what happens to Australian animals when they reach their destinations. No R.S.P.C.A , no animal welfare laws to protect them, just horror.Yes it is barbaric and yes people should be disgusted, and yes they should give their voices for the animals who haven't been heard, but who suffer for the fact that they are considered lesser beings who are bred for profit.Watch an animal, it feels pain ,fear,love.
27/06/15 07:48 AM
Ban ALL live exports !
The logical way to implement ethical slaughter in Indonesia and other livestock imports from Australia is to co-partner new slaughter facilities. If this was funded from exporter levies and staff from australia trained and supervised Indonesians a vast improvement would result.
Further the Australian Government could be encouraged to give aid assistance in kind instead of cash.
Unless this happens expect more reports of animal cruelty.
25/06/15 12:12 AM
For goodness sake put a bounty on dogs pigs and foxes
16/06/15 04:49 AM


I enjoyed working with you Graeme, your zest for life and in everything you did made you an exciting man to be around. RIP


I certainly hope expanded family farms is the case. Success stories are in spite of Govt and Peak body antics NOT because of them.
07/06/15 06:43 AM
With real estate people it all ways the best time to buy even when its not .Its certainly not a great time to stock a station & El droughts can go on for years .What then ?
31/05/15 11:41 PM

Rural Lifestyle

great story.
29/05/15 10:42 AM


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That is a weak argument Nick. China wouldn't have a bar of it all for years and pulled itself up
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Nico it is you who is ignorant of the way basic science operates. Basic science DOES NOT take
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Well Tim, if that is your real name, I hope you are right for your sake otherwise you may be the
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