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National Cabinet on notice to end quarantine quagmire

Federal and state farming bodies are calling on National Cabinet to end the stalemate and agree on a consistent and safe approach to quarantine arrangements for foreign workers. The National Farmers Federation is supported in its call by its state-based members: AgForce Queensland Farmers Ltd, NSW Farmers, NT Farmers, Primary Producers South Australia, Tasmanian Farmers & […]

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AWU should stick to its knitting, leave shearing to the experts

The National Farmers’ Federation has counselled the Australian Workers Union to get the facts before grandstanding on issues they clearly know nothing about.   “Ill-informed claims about the underpayment of shearers are baseless and reek of shameful opportunism, a pattern of behaviour that unfortunately, during the pandemic, we have come to expect from the AWU,” NFF […]

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Fruit and veg losses top $38 million

Crop losses across the country directly as a result of ongoing labour shortages have continued to mount over the festive season, and have now topped $38 million. The National Lost Crop Register was launched in mid-December to capture the true cost to industry and the national economy from a lack of seasonal workers available to […]

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Trade package important commitment for farmers

The National Farmers’ Federation has welcomed the Agri-Business Expansion Initiative announced today by Minister Littleproud and Minister Tehan. The package includes: $42.9 million to allow Austrade to work with industry bodies to deliver targeted assistance and trade missions. $18.4 million for expansion of the Agricultural Trade and Market Access (ATMAC) program. $3.4 million to expand […]

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NFF supports a rules-based trading system

Today, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator Simon Birmingham, announced the Australian Government would launch a World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute settlement process against anti-dumping and countervailing tariffs imposed on Australian barley by the Chinese Government.  National Farmers’ Federation President Fiona Simson said the NFF supported actions to promote and uphold the rules of […]

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Media watchdog finds ABC Four Corners Basin report biased against farmers

The National Farmers’ Federation has welcomed a finding today by the Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA) that the ABC breached the impartiality rules of its own charter, when Four Corners sought to report on the Murray Darling Basin in July 2019.   The offending episode, Cash Splash, purported that grants for water efficiency projects, […]

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Inquiry backs NFF plan to grow agriculture to $100 billion

A parliamentary inquiry into agriculture’s $100-billion-by-2030 vision has supported many of the National Farmers’ Federation’s ideas to propel farm sector growth. NFF Chief Executive Tony Mahar welcomed the recommendations of the House of Representatives, Growing Australia inquiry, released today.  “It is pleasing to see that the Committee has supported many of tactics within the 2030 Roadmap, which […]

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New service supports regional Aussies to solve phone & internet problems

*This is a joint media release from the NFF and Regional TechHub. From today, regional Australians can access free, independent advice on the best internet and mobile phone connection for their work, study and lifestyle needs. The Regional Tech Hub, which builds on the valuable services delivered by volunteer organisation Better Internet for Rural, Regional and Remote Australia (BIRRR) was launched today […]

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Government must act on ACCC findings on perishable agricultural goods

National Farmers’ Federation Chief Executive Tony Mahar has called on the Australian Government to urgently implement all recommendations from the ACCC’s Perishable Agricultural Goods Inquiry. “The NFF fully supports the ACCC findings from the investigation into perishable agricultural commodities,” Mr Mahar said. “What the ACCC have found is not surprising but deeply concerning – that […]

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Simson urges workers to dob in rogue operators

National Farmers’ Federation President Fiona Simson is imploring anyone with experience or knowledge of mistreatment when working on Australian farms to inform the appropriate authorities. “I continue to be sickened to learn of instances where often young men and women, many visitors to our country, are subject to mistreatment when working on Australian farms. “Seasonal, […]

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