QFF says Queensland Government unfairly picking irrigation water winners

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has serious concerns the Qld state government is unfairly picking winners within the agriculture sector by further restricting the number of farmers who can access an election commitment to provide a 50% price reduction for horticulture irrigation water users. While QFF welcomed the Qld government’s announcement to reduce water prices […]

Juice star ratings worse than soft drink is a sour turn for farmers

NSW Farmers says it is alarmed by the  decision to downgrade the Health Star Rating of 100% fruit and vegetable juice, ranking it lower than some soda beverages. The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation has endorsed a rating system that will  halve the Health Star Rating (HSR) of freshly squeezed orange […]

WA Farmers say the Vasse Zone Boyanup Saleyards need urgent attention

Mike Norton, WAFarmers Vasse Zone President says livestock producers in his region say they are extremely concerned by the lack of long-term planning by the McGowan Government regarding the future of livestock saleyards in the south west of WA. The decision by Minster MacTiernan to take control of Boyanup saleyards when the facility lease ends […]

Agvet chemicals under scrutiny in a draft report on regulatory system

A draft report on the review of Australia’s agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals regulatory system is now available for public comments, until 26 February 2021. Ensuring farmers have access to agvet chemicals that are both safe and effective is crucial to our agricultural and livestock industries, the community and the environment. The panel set up […]

The national party says it’s time to manufacture jobs and no-one disagrees

The National Party’s Backbench Policy Committee has released its Manufacturing 2035 plan and it outlines the National Party’s vision for the manufacturing industry and a broad policy platform to help encourage industry growth. The paper outlines a 9-point plan with the goal to double the employment in Australian manufacturing, to counter the trend of continuing […]

Juukan Gorge never again allow vandalism of cultural sites

“Never again can we allow the destruction, the devastation and the vandalism of cultural sites as has occurred with the Juukan Gorge – never again.” So said Chair of the Parliament’s Northern Australia Committee, Warren Entsch, tabling an interim report of the inquiry into the destruction of Indigenous heritage sites at Juukan Gorge earlier today. […]

APRA and ASIC reports tabled in the House

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics today tabled its reports into the annual reports of ASIC and APRA. Committee Chair Tim Wilson says the work of the committee in scrutinising Australia’s key financial regulators remains vital in light of the findings of the Royal Commission, the COVID-19 pandemic and more recently, the standing […]

Exercise for low back pain beneficial but no one agrees on why

  A UNSW evidence review has found there is still no consensus between researchers about why exercise works for low back pain patients – despite decades of studies on the topic.   Exercise is scientifically proven to provide relief from chronic low back pain (CLBP), but a new UNSW Sydney systematic review shows researchers are […]