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Jun 15

Will Abbott’s White Paper Finally Allow Northern Australia to Reach its Potential?

The government’s white paper  on developing northern Australia was released late last week, unveiling Abbott’s plan to transform the north into an “economic powerhouse”. The paper sets out to achieve its plans for the north by 2035, delivering an initial $1.2 billion investment in addition to the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility announced last … Continue reading Will Abbott’s White Paper Finally Allow Northern Australia to Reach its Potential?

18
May 15

Enabling the Growth of Co-operatives in the Agricultural Economy

In 2012-2013, the contribution of agriculture to GDP was 12 per cent or $155 billion (including all economic activities supporting farm production). Agricultural produce provides 93% of Australia’s daily domestic food supply, while agricultural producers are still able to export 60% of what they produce. Agriculture is a key and significant player in the economy … Continue reading Enabling the Growth of Co-operatives in the Agricultural Economy

14
May 15

Building Capacity to Drive Farm Business Growth

Business growth is a primary goal and driven by business performance.  Scale has influence but there are numerous key business drivers.  Agriculture is a long-haul capital intensive industry with limited opportunities for short term returns.  Every farm business is unique with respect to resources, land type and area, capital and debt structure, people, skills, values … Continue reading Building Capacity to Drive Farm Business Growth

22
Apr 15

Greater Investment Needed to Maximise Australian Agribusiness Competitiveness

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Australia’s global competitiveness in Agribusiness is currently being held back by a lack of investment and capital according to Angus Taylor MP, Federal Member for Hume. Angus has long been an advocate of improving access to long term capital in agriculture, stating that the shortfall in this area is one of the greatest challenges currently … Continue reading Greater Investment Needed to Maximise Australian Agribusiness Competitiveness

08
Apr 15

China’s Milk Boom: Does Australia Have What it Takes?

Since the 2008 baby milk scandal, when thousands of infant children in China were poisoned by contaminated milk formula, the Chinese demand for Western infant formula has exploded. According to market research firm Euromonitor, demand will continue to grow, with sales set to double again in the next three years.  With a tin of foreign-produced … Continue reading China’s Milk Boom: Does Australia Have What it Takes?

19
Mar 15

Where to Next for Australian Free Trade Agreements?

The recent Free Trade Agreements secured with Japan, Korea and China are only the beginning for Australia’s agribusiness competitiveness according to Tony Mahar, Deputy CEO of the National Farmers’ Federation. The current FTAs have been “very positive,” he says. “They have opened up new market access and provided another option for farmers when selling their … Continue reading Where to Next for Australian Free Trade Agreements?