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TAS Country : August 12th 2010
14 Tasmanian Country Friday, August 13, 2010 TFGA SKETCHY DETAILS: Opposition Leader Tony Abbott needs to address agriculture. Politicians must come to the party TFGA matters with Jan Davis 'We know about the Coalition's research and development commitment and we know a little bit about the Government's food security plan, but there are still plenty of holes in these political fences.' THERE'S a week to go and farmers are still waiting for the vision thing from the major political parties as far as agricultural pol- icy is concerned. We know about the Co- alition's research and devel- opment commitment and we know a little bit about the Government's food se- curity plan, but there are still plenty of holes in these political fences. Australia's farmers are very good at what they do. This country does not have the easiest climate in the world in which to grow food, but they have mas- tered dry-continent farm- ing better than anyone. Farmers are not mendi- cants. From governments they need a hand, not a handout. What they need are structures to allow them to optimise their per- formance and productivity. That means they need a competitive cost base, ac- cess to sustainable re- sources, a skilled work- force and sound markets, and they need community understanding and sup- port for what they do. Water policy, strong re- search and development, appropriate taxation and a biosecurity regime that protects our plants and animals from introduced diseases are part of that infrastructure mix. Farmers have a vision of where they would like to be taking agriculture in the decades ahead, but are still waiting for the parties to sit at the easel. What the election cam- paign has shown so far is that farmers can have no confidence that agriculture is at the heart of any future government thinking. I am convinced most Australians have no com- prehension of the scale of the assault on the rights of landowners to determine the fate of their own prop- erty. Those attacks are com- ing from governments, from miners and from the environmental lobby. Commonwealth and st- ate governments conspire to rob farmers of legitimate land use without proper compensation; miners usurp their land and water rights; environmentalists try to dictate what they do on their land. The National Farmers Federation says it has had a gutful. In a statement this week promoting its natio- nal congress in Melbourne in September, it said: ''What we want is cer- tainty over future land use and compensation for travesties committed in the past.'' Where governments compulsorily acquire prop- erty rights or where far- mers are required to undertake management practices above and be- yond their normal duty of care, they must be given full and adequate compen- sation. Preferably, leave them alone. This issue is becoming a grey area, that misty ground between the law of the land and the free range that politicians have to compromise with interest and pressure groups. Farmers must have surety about their rights and their susceptibility to government intervention if they are to be confident about investing in and run- ning farms. And wouldn't it be grati- fying to hear one of the parties talk about those rights as we go to the ballot box to exercise another right we thought was in- alienable? Group meets on 1080 report THE Independent Farmers Group will meet next week to discuss the Alternatives to 1080 Programs final re- port. The $4 million report found no clear alternative to 1080 for the control browsing animals. Scientists Mick and Helen Statham, who wrote most of the final report, will speak to farmers at the meeting. Independent Farmers Group co-ordinator and Tasmanian Country colum- ist David Byard said far- mers needed to know what was happening in the pad- docks and in Government. '' At the moment there is no alternative to 1080. It's all we've got.'' he said. Wildlife Management 1080 Inquiry. Bridport RSL Wednesday August 1. Invermay Cycle World 6326 2729 Moonah Bikeworks Suzuki 6228 6626 Scottsdale Scottsdale Suzuki 6352 3070 Ulverstone North West Motorcycle & Small Engine Services 6425 3337 SUZ0579/TC $1000 FACTORY CASHBACK ON SUZUKI FARM ATVS & $250 ON TROJAN UP TO *Includes GST, excludes Government orders and insurance claim repurchases. Offer may be extended a t Suzuki Australia s discretion. See your Suzuki Australia Dealer for full Terms and Conditions. Offer is available from Suzuki Australia Dealers only for new Suzuki models purchased and delivered between 1 May 2010 and 31 August 2010. claim repurchases Offer may be extended a t Suzuki Australia s discretion epurchases Offer may be extended at Suzuk kiA i ustral ali ia sdiscretion suzuki.com.au TASMANIAN ALKALOIDS Value Adding in Tasmania 2027824-100716 Germinating poppy crops can be at risk. Watch out for slugs, snails, earthmites and springtails. Take appropriate action if required. Your Field Officer can advise. .
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