Another report that will gather dust on the Coalition book shelves!!!!!!!!!!
Time to get industrial pallet racking installed to withstand the weight of nice to have papers, reports and inquiries. Never mind that Rome is burning and the serfs are unhappy!!
If the Nationals had any -----, they would renegotiate their contract and support for the Libs, especially if they want to keep their dwindling country support.
20/10/14 11:44 PM
As the author of the Tax Loss Credit Swap scheme proposal I am disappointed at the summary in the green paper. The proposal contains a trigger which will be based around natural disasters or human intervention that restricts your ability to make a living. How can you plan to make a loss with that trigger? The swap is on a fair value basis negotiated between the financial institution and the loss owner and is not designed for the purchaser to do better than this to cover transaction costs. And finally with one of the most complex tax systems in the world, how would this make it more complex?
20/10/14 10:54 PM
Coles the farmers friend sponsering this expensive farce. When will producers in this country wake up?? "Golden era" for AG- ministers year long "navel gaze" that won't have a single result -if ever -before this time next year.No action on "cattle levy" nor the MLA-???This is a govt that talks but is too rusted onto the big end to ever do anything that might change for the better.Platitudes about "farmgate returns, transparency etc" are all in defference to Rob Moore's efforts - but they have no intention of EVER acting on their "Club mates"!Sickening really considering the desparation alabout
Need a much closer investigation of the cost and income figures from David Sackett before getting too excited.
For example, can he show that the top 20% he talks of are the same people over a ten year period? Is he comparing the same product, because if the top income wheat growers are growing durum wheat, it would be totally ridiculous to say all wheat growers could or should switch to durum.
I see nothing said about the biggest cause of poor business margins - that is the fact that we carry in our P& L's, the regulated burdens of Govt welfare in a deregulated market for our outputs.
20/10/14 08:55 PM
"a new “unified model”". "escalating concerns about expanding fragmentation and declining resources". "..or be shaped by it and required to accept the outcome”. "the federal structure.... is under immense strain”. None of these quotes support the headline. Indeed the whole collection of quotes points to an impending total collapse. And good riddance it might be. If the NFF can't see that their policy of Unilateral Trade Reform is suicidal lunacy, they are of no use. This policy has already halved the number of farmers in Australia. Who do they think they represent?
20/10/14 04:40 PM


What terrible news. But how often does this happen in grain seasons. Hopefully none of those affected have taken the advice of the reckless deregulation propagandists and forward sold to the extent that they cant now deliver on their contracts.
20/10/14 09:53 PM
when I leave woolworths and coles will they release the product prior to payment, no, so why should we? But a good showing by all in involved and keep up the pressure as insurance products mean nothing in a true economic crisis.
19/10/14 12:10 AM
No where does it record Investment dollars.....for projects. Why not provide the whole picture.
Interesting that the SA Grower body is calling for new standards authorities to be set up. Growers had all that in place for decades under the State based grower marketing boards, but thought they knew better and let those very successful arrangements lapse. All I can say to them is welcome to the world of deregulation which you thought would be a panacea. Too late to be sorry now Mr Arney.
17/10/14 12:51 AM
Who would have ever have thought that GM crops were going to pose a problem causing resistance in crops. I am sure there are more stories like this one and sadly to reverse the resistance takes a huge amount of time and effort as well as money. The only people to win from the mistake are those who created it in the first place, the chemical companies. I hope that Australian farmers contemplating growing the so called ease of use GM varieties will think twice before adopting the technology. The costs down the track to repair the damage will well and truly out way any short term benefits.
13/10/14 09:41 PM


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Equity based crowdfunding (which I understand is still not legal in Australia) can be a creative way to re-finance agriculture, build links between city and country and develop new supply chain partnerships. From all the initiatives I read about, I think legalised equity crowdfunding can be the most exiting and successful.
19/10/14 02:12 AM
Thanks for bringing these issues to light where so many other media sources ignore them Mr Bettles. The info as well as your presentation is greatly appreciated.
18/10/14 08:47 AM
Thank you for this wonderful history of my dear brother's life down here.....I last talked to him in 2010 when he rang me for my 60th birthday. He said that he had just read a story I wrote about a trip I did to England and Ireland many years ago for the forth time. He reckoned I had missed my calling in life ....... "You should have been a writer!!!!!" He didn't once mention his own problems which were multiplying by then......!!!!! By God we/I miss you Ted. Seasons OK up there on the long paddock??.....
16/10/14 03:58 AM
The Nationals need to take note, they have taken the bush for granted for years. Just look at the lack of activity of Barn in moving forward with the red meat industry restructure after the excellent Senate report that Senator Sterle chaired.
18/10/14 09:37 PM


And it would appear that this is how easy it is to mess up Australian Agricultures biosecurity, which the govmint would like to have the farmer fund while potentially it stuffs Australian Agriculture because the govmint processes are just too weak to prevent a major disease getting thru. If its government policy to allow all this importation govmint should fund all external biosecurity and also compensate without question when they stuff up as they usually do. This arena is outside of framers control and should not be paying for poor govmint decisions
06/10/14 10:35 PM
Well that was one hell of a failure of MIS's....wouldn't want to make the same mistake again !!!
29/09/14 11:11 PM


Prosecute the cruelty, not the exposure of it. The animals used and exploited for the consumption by humans must have the absolute most stringent protections in place to safeguard against any abuse or extra cruelty in both their incarceration and slaughter.
What is done in the dark WILL be brought to the light.
06/10/14 04:57 AM
What a great story! Not enough young ones looking at the plethora of opportunities available in agriculture. Congratulations Madelaine. Keep up the great work and more importantly you will provide inspiration to lots of other young country kids who face the temptation to drift to the city.
28/09/14 11:21 PM
"These commonsense changes continue to provide ... assurance that our animals are humanely treated."
Right... because shipping an animal across the seas for four weeks to a terrifying, traumatic and painful death - having his or her throat cut whilst fully conscious, is the epitome of humane treatment.
17/09/14 08:21 AM
Showed isolated incidences? Seriously? What the footage showed was people, who should know better, standing around witnessing the events and doing nothing about it. This is why the RSPCA are calling for mandatory reporting from within the industry. It is quite clear this industry does need strong independent auditing and scrutiny and until that happens concerned people will continue to obtain footage in any way they can, now matter how much the industry and their political representatives cry about it.
09/09/14 08:53 PM
I wonder if Russia thinks the same of Australia.
It probably won't be too long before before we're told to put sanctions on China as well.
07/09/14 10:45 PM


Any chance of a contact no
Next you are driving down the road and being held up with a slow old back hoe, maybe you will hope that machines like this will become standard in the future. (:-)
20/09/14 12:31 PM
The large business focussed broadacre farm focusses on timeliness and low capitalisation to reap the rewards of scale. The flipside of that is they use a plethora of contractors for sowing harvest or spraying. These contractors deliver benefits such as in 4 days spraying, quick sow or harvest which far outway any requirement for specified wheel spacing or equipment width, let alone the impracticality of ever deepening tracks
06/09/14 10:19 PM
Good information! Agriculture is precisely dependent on machinery now a days. One cannot do anything without machinery. You can find more Agriculture machinery related question and answers in the following link. riculture-machinery Agriculture Machinery discussion forum
03/09/14 06:12 AM


This is good news, hopefully the new owners can actually make a living out of breeding and fattening cattle and not just service debt.
19/10/14 10:51 PM
Another Ag fund thats going to make millions for the fund manages not the shareholders.
15/10/14 07:10 AM
If these properties are selling for more than what they were valued at, that means the bank's valuations were too low so that raises the question - why were they placed in Receivership anyway? Sounds like more Corporate Bullying to me. What do you think Bushie Bill? - you seem to know everything.
Gee Neil, this is a rosy outlook - totally at odds with the comprehensive Rabo bank survey. You wouldn't be hopelessly conflicted by your cosy relationship with the Banks would you?
01/09/14 09:09 PM

Rural Lifestyle

Well spoken by a true champion Barnaby.
Convincing the Liberals will be the biggest challenge-they are more interested in the big end of town then the small business and family farm sector.
06/10/14 12:58 AM
Well Bushie Bill this flies in the face of your cork swinger opinion of country folk. Guess you aren't quite as smart as you thought you were eh ?
11/09/14 07:20 AM
Do you board this train at Roma St, and can you get of at Gympie Nth, and if so what time would the normal service be back to Brisbane on 15/1/2015.
27/09/14 11:26 AM


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I tend to think these top 20 are mythical .They never have names or faces .Where do they come
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Another report that will gather dust on the Coalition book shelves!!!!!!!!!! Time to get
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