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Government snubs expert advice on Biosecurity Levy


Farmers across Australia have been left bamboozled this morning by the Government’s attempt to legislate a new tax on farmers, despite a tidal wave of expert criticism. The Albanese Government this morning tabled new laws to establish the ‘Biosecurity Protection Levy’ – intended to raise $50 million from farmers to bankroll activities that assist importers, […]

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Controversial Biosecurity Levy attracts fresh criticism


Another independent body has today raised concerns the Government’s proposed Biosecurity Protection Levy “does not pass critical scrutiny”, validating the claims of Australia’s 85,000 farming families.   Independent academics from the Australian National University’s Tax and Transfer Policy Institute (TTPI) have backed widespread condemnation of the Government’s proposed policy which is due to come into […]

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1 week ago


NFF leadership in WA to highlight concerns of local producers


Leaders of Australia’s peak farm body are in Western Australia this week, hearing concerns from local farmers about the impact of Federal Government policies. President of the National Farmers’ Federation David Jochinke said policies currently being rolled out from Canberra were putting farm productivity at risk. “Whether it’s the disastrous live sheep ban, the biosecurity […]

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Producers remain opposed to Biosecurity Levy


The National Farmers’ Federation acknowledges comments made by Agriculture Minister the Hon. Murray Watt in his opening address to Senate estimates on the Biosecurity Protection Levy, however in the absence of further detail, producers continue to remain opposed to this policy.   NFF President David Jochinke said: “The agricultural sector, along with supply chain participants, […]

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2 weeks ago


Farmers can be part of the solution for housing crisis


At today’s National Regional Housing Summit, the National Farmers’ Federation is calling on policymakers to shine a light on how farmers can be part of the solution to Australia’s deepening housing crisis. The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) today released regional figures showing the median house price has jumped 54.2% and the rental vacancy rate has […]

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3 weeks ago


Farmers disappointed as backroom deal pushes Closing Loopholes Bill through


The National Farmers’ Federation has flagged the rushed backroom deals that will allow the industrial relations reforms through today, will leave farmers to deal with legislation fraught with problems. NFF Chief Executive Tony Mahar said the suite of measures would deliver more uncertainty for farmers, more power for union bosses, and a less dynamic economy […]

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3 weeks ago


Holes in supermarket defences already exposed


Statement by Jolyon Burnett, Chair of the NFF Horticulture Council Within a day of supermarkets lodging their submissions to the Senate inquiry established to review their own pricing practices, it’s clear their defences rely more on deflection than fact. It’s telling that their only evidence to support their claim that it’s supplier costs that have […]

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3 weeks ago


Supermarket prices impacting public health


The NFF Horticulture Council has echoed concerns raised by the Australian Greens with the results of their recent consumer survey revealing more than half (56%) of all Australians are buying less fruits and vegetables as a result of higher prices. Council Chair Jolyon Burnett said the survey results point towards the wider impacts of higher […]

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3 weeks ago


92% people dissatisfied with community engagement on renewables yet Dyer report lacks teeth


The National Farmers’ Federation welcomes the release of the report into community engagement on renewables projects, but has raised red flags the report’s recommendations doesn’t even touch the sides in addressing the problems being felt across Australia. NFF President David Jochinke said it was good to see the report by Energy Infrastructure Commissioner Andrew Dyer […]

4 weeks ago


The NFF reminds Government, new biosecurity levy has zero support


As the Federal Government considers the final design of the Biosecurity Protection Levy, the National Farmers’ Federation is reminding those leading this to start the year right by demonstrating they have listened to the concerns of the agricultural sector. NFF President David Jochinke said the proposed levy would impact every one of Australia’s 85,000 producers, […]

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