An excellent article Colin. The Senators have been supportive of the sector since their inclusion into the Senate and have been calling for an inquiry. Solutions exist, many people are discussing many options that won't cost the Government money but do need Government support and intervention. The debt roundtable will help to kick the solutions along. The Kidworth Case Study on is an opportunity for interested parties to get a feel for the situation as it exists in North West Qld and the Gulf Country and see if they can develop some solutions.
16/09/14 10:54 PM
So what if wages are going backwards - they have been going forwards so much for so long that Australia is now one of the dearest countries in the world to live or operate a business.
It is going to be a pity if it takes a Depression to wake everybody up but that is the way it looks as though it will go. What do you think Bushie Bill?
I am all for alternative energy supply,but it has to be competitive. They way I see it investors were counting on a form of subsidy to make a profit,sorry but in todays world a business model has to be viable on its own accord.
15/09/14 07:44 PM
This is the ideal method of raising capital AS LONG AS the board takes on genuine responsibility towards share holders as being their benefactors and work always with returns to shareholders short medium and long term as a primary goal over and above the Directors' personal interests or at the least, equal to them. We pay their salaries and their benefits, let's make it somewhat more mutual. Elliott plundered Elders but it is recovering sensibly. Capital bankers' for the third time have the world on the brink of total conflict and in that tragedy agribusiness will be an essential participant
15/09/14 01:53 AM
Please note Mr Turner's comments about Australia being so expensive compared to the rest of the world. Until Australians wake up to this fact, there will not be much prosperity in Australia, just the Housing sector bubble getting bigger and bigger.
When are the Banks going to stop pandering to the moneyed men and stop contributing to the housing bubble by lowering their borrowing rates to a level comparable with America, Japan, Europe and the UK?


What ARE these blokes going on about? Grand dad told me to harvest just below the lower heads and to get the most grain.
GRDC and their glossy paper seem to be trying to justify their existence.
16/09/14 10:47 PM
There is one solution for Ms Richards mostly foreign merchant masters-they can go back to where they came from but of course they wont because they have almost complete control of Australia's wheat industry.
Well done Minister Joyce for standing up for growers.
12/09/14 01:07 AM
Upon being told at a Senate Inquiry that Australia had no arrangements in place to deal with low grain supplies in drought, Senator Edwards said that wheat moves freely around the world and that there was no issue!
Obviously the good senator is unaware of the diseases that we might import.
15/09/14 09:14 PM
Join the club Mr James!-we wheat growers are being gouged from farm gate to the customers by foreigners.
Try bashing your head against a brick wall to fix it but the Liberals will not listen to you or Labor for that matter.
11/09/14 11:23 PM
Do any of these orgs represent a majority of growers? Do they have proper structures in place that growers actually decide what they do rather than a token "we're listening" but not caring, we will do what we think best.


Labor was kicked out last election for this sort of arrogant treatment of the bush. Just goes to show that politicians are like nappies: both need changing frequently and both for the same reason!
12/09/14 11:10 AM
That's generous of him.
12/09/14 04:57 AM
The Great Artesian Basin Water is more important than any Iron Ore or Coal mine or any CSG well will ever be now and for ever, he must fire up that funding to cap all bores and secure our farming future.
11/09/14 08:36 AM
How about the dollars value?, fuel prices, labour costs, interest rates, etc. this report is only a very small part of the picture.
12/09/14 08:39 AM
Right on the money Andrew.
14/09/14 12:02 AM


I am relocating to Q
20/08/14 07:44 AM
Last week we had a media conference with Dick Smith and Graham Turner, both successful millionaires and both concerned about environmental issues. The problem is not only Australia's population growth, driven by high immigration, but the global rate of population growth. During the 20th century alone, the population in the world has grown from 1.65 billion to 6 billion, and roughly doubled since 1970. Feeding more people, from the tip of the food chain, on declining natural resources is a "challenge" that's not being recognised enough. "Food security" is basically a population problem.
18/08/14 08:30 PM
So much of what Craig Davis says is on the mark. While some peak bodies do a great job of engagement with the wider community too many are hamstrung by governing models which belong in the last century. If you don't engage, if you don't rebut the falsehoods, groups which at their heart are anti farming gain traction and use the available media coverage for their agenda. Too often the heavy lifting on issues such as the PETA campaigns are left to passionate individuals rather than industry having basically pre prepared responses ready to go. It is not rocket science.
05/08/14 09:45 PM


Omg, they have no shame. I wonder if they care what will happen to their animals on the journey of which kills thousands of cattle and sheep each year? I wonder if they are concerned with Korea's shocking animal welfare record? Or I suspect, they only care about the money, these poor sweet animals.
15/09/14 09:54 AM
Showed isolated incidences? Seriously? What the footage showed was people, who should know better, standing around witnessing the events and doing nothing about it. This is why the RSPCA are calling for mandatory reporting from within the industry. It is quite clear this industry does need strong independent auditing and scrutiny and until that happens concerned people will continue to obtain footage in any way they can, now matter how much the industry and their political representatives cry about it.
09/09/14 08:53 PM
I wonder if Russia thinks the same of Australia.
It probably won't be too long before before we're told to put sanctions on China as well.
07/09/14 10:45 PM
Do we demand and put inspectors into piggeries in other countries that we import pork products from?
If not, why not?
24/08/14 10:28 PM
Saw the Yulgilbar truck pass heading west through Toowoomba on Wednesday and thought it might be heading to Wallumbilla. Well done to buyer and vendor.
12/09/14 05:23 AM


Agriculture is precisely dependent on machinery now a days. One cannot do anything without machinery. You can find more Agriculture machinery related question and answers in the following link. riculture-machinery Farming Machinery discussion forum
09/09/14 09:56 AM
The large business focussed broadacre farm focusses on timeliness and low capitalisation to reap the rewards of scale. The flipside of that is they use a plethora of contractors for sowing harvest or spraying. These contractors deliver benefits such as in 4 days spraying, quick sow or harvest which far outway any requirement for specified wheel spacing or equipment width, let alone the impracticality of ever deepening tracks
06/09/14 10:19 PM
Good information! Agriculture is precisely dependent on machinery now a days. One cannot do anything without machinery. You can find more Agriculture machinery related question and answers in the following link. riculture-machinery Agriculture Machinery discussion forum
03/09/14 06:12 AM
Biggest problem I see is as farms are getting larger and more corporate, dealers need to balance the needs of these large farms while at the same time not treating the needs of the smaller farmers as insignificant.


Gee Neil, this is a rosy outlook - totally at odds with the comprehensive Rabo bank survey. You wouldn't be hopelessly conflicted by your cosy relationship with the Banks would you?
01/09/14 09:09 PM

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Well done Tom another great Australian keeping the dream alive while enduring hardship.
12/09/14 08:03 PM
What else would we expect from a girl like Jo? She is a champion and I wish her every success, there is no harder worker, more cheerful person around.....I am so pleased to see an article written on someone who is so worthwhile to the bush. Well done Jo!
30/08/14 04:27 AM
Great story Andrea
25/08/14 05:46 AM
Well Bushie Bill this flies in the face of your cork swinger opinion of country folk. Guess you aren't quite as smart as you thought you were eh ?
11/09/14 07:20 AM
So pumped for this! bring on the eye candy


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Thank you GRDC!!!!! awesome information....................hmmmmmmm.
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I think he writes under D8.
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