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NFF congratulates Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and new Labor Government


National Farmers’ Federation President, Fiona Simson has congratulated the Australian Labor Party on its election victory and its intention to form the next Australian Government. “The NFF looks forward to continuing our productive relationship with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his leadership team on the priority issues for agriculture and the bush.  “Prime Minister Albanese […]

4 days ago


Independents’ fuel tax credit confusion, creates angst for farmers


Farmers and regional Australians are anxious about the future of the fuel tax credit mechanism, should a minority Government result following Saturday’s election. “Farmers’ angst is fuelled by rhetoric from some independent candidates incorrectly labelling the FTC a subsidy,” NFF president Fiona Simson said. “This is not only simply wrong – it’s dangerous. If this […]

1 week ago


Training changes support NFF’s goal to double agriculture vocational graduates by 2030


Changes to Australia’s vocational training regime are good news for agriculture’s future workforce needs, NFF CEO Tony Mahar says. “The NFF’s 2030 Roadmap includes a goal to double the number of tertiary and vocational agriculture graduates by 2030. “The Government’s streamlining and consolidation of the vocational, education and training (VET) system via a new Industry […]

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NFF’s Policy Voting Guide scrutinises parties’ credentials on agriculture & the regions


In an election campaign of hits and misses for farmers and regional Australia, the National Farmers’ Federation has revealed how the major parties stack up against its election priorities, rating them in a Policy Voting Guide released today. “The NFF consulted with farmers, industry and regional voters about what they require from our next Government. […]

2 weeks ago


NFF welcomes Labor’s commitments on biosecurity & regional development but awaits detail


National Farmers’ Federation President Fiona Simson has welcomed positive additional commitments by Labor in its Agriculture and Regional Communities Statement released today. “The NFF is particularly pleased by a commitment to ‘deliver long-term, sustainable funding’ to strengthen Australia’s biosecurity system. “It comes at time when cattle producers are staring down outbreaks of foot and mouth […]

2 weeks ago


Diesel uncertainty fuels concern for farmers


The ball is in Labor’s court to confirm its support for the Fuel Tax Credits Scheme, following the Coalition’s commitment today. “Farmers expect both major parties would be in lockstep in their position on this important mechanism,” NFF CEO Tony Mahar said. “The NFF has been alarmed during the campaign by slurs from a number of […]

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Coalition’s Ag Plan confirms ongoing support for farm sector growth


National Farmers Federation President Fiona Simson says the Coalition’s Ag Plan proposes wide-ranging investments to back agriculture’s growth trajectory.“We acknowledge the Coalition’s ongoing support for the NFF-led goal for agriculture to be a $100 billion industry by 2030.  “The Coalition’s election plan for agriculture includes many of the investments included in the recent Federal Budget, […]

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2 weeks ago


Labor’s live sheep export decision sets a dangerous precedent


Labor has revealed its plan to end Australia’s live sheep exports confirming what farmers and industry feared. “On sheep exports, Labor isn’t prepared to be informed about the sector’s monumental improvements and the importance of the industry to producers, communities and Australia’s trading partners,” NFF President Fiona Simson said. “They continue to beholden to a […]

3 weeks ago


Farmers & small business demand certainty on instant asset write-off


Farmers have been blindsided today by the Finance Minister’s admission the instant asset write-off may not have a place in a Coalition Government after 2023. “The small business instant asset write-off was a stroke of genius by the current Government when introduced along with dedicated provisions for agriculture in 2015,” NFF CEO Tony Mahar said. […]

3 weeks ago


Farmers seek reassurance on climate change and sustainability


The NFF is calling for both parties to reiterate their commitment to working with farmers to navigate climate risk and capture the diverse new income opportunities on offer. “According to the ABC’s Vote Compass 57% of people surveyed think agriculture is doing its fair share or more on climate action, higher than business in general […]

3 weeks ago


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