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SOME of Australia’s most respected
wine judges are making their way
through more than 400 entries from
70 producers at the Tasmanian Wine
Show at Drysdale College.
Show convener Phil Laing said
this was the first time three gold
medals had been awarded to pinot
gris wines, from 21 entries.
Wine judges, including wine
writers and industry consultants
Huon Hooke, Nick Ryan and Nick
Bulleid, said they were impressed by
several highlights in the pinot gris
category and several wines displayed
“This is a reflection of the quality
of viticulture in Tasmania, and of
winemakers’ understanding of the
variety,” Mr Laing said.
“It shows the development of
pinot gris in Tasmania.”
The overall winners will be
BEST DROPS RECOGNISED: Wine judge Nick Ryan,
from Adelaide, judging pinot noir entries for the
Tasmanian Wine Show at Drysdale College in Hobart.
Picture: NIKKI DAVIS-JONES
friend in deed
IF there are any farmers out
there reluctant to join the Tas-
manian Farmers and Graziers
Association, let me cite one ex-
ample of where our advocacy
can save them much more
than their membership levy.
In Tasmania primary-pro-
duction land (PPL) is exempt
from land tax, but not auto-
matically; you must convince
the State Revenue Office
(SRO) that the land is being
used for primary production.
Just as importantly, you
have to be able to show there is
a realistic prospect of you mak-
ing a profit from the activities
on that land.
The red tape for securing an
SRO exemption from land tax
is complex. It used to be a one-
page form, then three, now 12
pages; it has to be accompanied
by a business plan, financial
statements from the past three
years and a breakdown of how
the land is used for primary
production. That process usu-
ally involves paying an ac-
countant and/or lawyer to pro-
vide information to support the
application or to prepare one.
A change of ownership or
change of title flags a review of
any exemption that had been
granted on the land. That is
However, in a case that the
TFGA took up with State
Treasurer Peter Gutwein, a
farmer had a small corner of
his land acquired for a state
highway upgrade. That created
a change to the farmer’s title
and triggered an SRO review
of the land-tax exemption.
In effect, the SRO’s default
position was that he no longer
had an exemption unless he
could remount his case. Not
only was it an absurd prop-
osition, it threatened to be ex-
pensive just to get him back
where he had been before. The
SRO insisted the supposed
duty, about $50,000, be paid
before considering the reappli-
We took this case to the
Treasurer. He agreed that,
while the process was techni-
cally correct, it was ridiculous.
“I agree that having to reap-
ply in full for a farm’s PPL
classification following a com-
pulsory acquisition of part of
the land is unreasonable,” Mr
Gutwein wrote to us.
“The SRO has assured me
that situations like the one de-
scribed in your letter should be
avoided in the future.”
He said in the majority of
such cases, an email from the
owner confirming the land is
still to be used for primary pro-
duction should suffice.
He also commended the
TFGA for its advocacy efforts.
Imagine what might have
happened if that farmer had
had to represent his interests
alone? However, it won’t stop
there. We think we can stream-
line a range of other scenarios
when there is a subdivision.
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