Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 385


The quote for this week is from LNP Natural Resources and Mines spokesman, Dale Last, who said about Labor’s budget for water infrastructure and dams in Queensland:

“Water is essential to the development of regional Queensland, yet this Budget doesn’t allocate the required funding to upgrade and build the dams that will sustain and grow regional Queensland,” Mr Last said.

LN released their economic plan for Queensland just this week, which promises to deliver water security to regional areas. Mr Lasts suggests this would transform the region, boost the economy and create new jobs.

“The LNP’s investment in water is an investment”, Mr Last says. He continues: “Water is the lifeblood of agriculture. Our food and fibre exports are now worth $10 billion a year. The demand for food from China, India and other Asian economies is only going to increase.”


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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 384


The quote for this week is from West Australian Liberal Member for rural electorate O’Connor, Rick Wilson, who recently commented on the limited investment made by Australian superannuation funds into the agriculture industry:

“The agricultural sector in Australia needs much more investment if it wants to remain competitive, and the superannuation industry is an obvious source.”

“Only about 0.2pc of the $2t-plus in assets managed by Australian superannuation funds are in agriculture – an extraordinary situation.”

“It’s quite an anomaly to have overseas sovereign wealth funds and private equity groups keen to invest in agriculture here, but our own superannuation industry seems reluctant, despite having so much money to manage.”

The House of Representative Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources has launched an inquiry into the barriers to increased investment by superannuation funds. It is seeking detail from stakeholders in both the agriculture and superannuation industries of what hurdles currently exist, so that the Government can determine the ways in which it might be able to assist.

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 383


The quote for this week is from Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, addressing concerns of some farmers facing drier conditions. Mr Turnbull, alongside Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, are looking at strategies and ways to best support the producers.

“If we want to have the great food and fibre that we need, we’ve got to support our farmers and we’ve got to understand that they’re dealing with rainfall that appears to be much more volatile and the cost of maintaining stock during dry times is enormous,” Mr Turnbull said.

Though the Government cannot make it rain, they are listening to the farmers, supporting them with income and other benefits, and are taking a “calm and decisive” approach to helping farmers build their resilience. This includes a holistic approach with counselling and mental health support services.


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