Agriculture

Farmers Know Best How To Care For Land On Which They Depend
21 May 2018

Farmers Know Best How To Care For Land On Which They Depend

Australian farmers are under ­unprecedented attack by environmental groups and left-leaning political parties. It’s time government ministers put the gloves on and jumped into the ring. On this page last week, Lyndon Schneiders, national director of the Wilderness Society, argued that land-clearing by farmers is a “key threat” to the environment and more must be done to counteract it. In
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Three Steps To Reducing Red Tape For Farmers
12 April 2018

Three Steps To Reducing Red Tape For Farmers

Red tape is destroying farming communities, yet the best the Turnbull government can do is launch another review. At end of March, the government announced it would undertake a review into the red tape imposed on farmers by federal environmental regulation. But this review, like most others, will end up providing a massive pay day for the bureaucrats who run
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Farmers Know Best How To Clear Their Own Land
4 April 2018

Farmers Know Best How To Clear Their Own Land

The Palaszczuk government’s proposed regulations on native vegetation attack responsible farming and threaten agricultural development in regional Queensland. The changes, being considered by a parliamentary committee, reverse a policy that allows farmers to clear high-value agricultural land to put it to productive use. Those laws were a sensible attempt to find a balance between environmental conservation and agricultural development. They
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Submission To The State Development, Natural Resources And Agriculture Industry Development Committee Relating To The Vegetation Management And Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018
22 March 2018

Submission To The State Development, Natural Resources And Agriculture Industry Development Committee Relating To The Vegetation Management And Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

Proposed changes to vegetation management law in Queensland are burdensome red tape and an erosion of property rights. This submission will refer to three major reforms included in the Vegetation Management and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 that are representative of the broader red tape problem in Australia and the failure to acknowledge private property rights. In particular, the abolition
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IPA Welcomes PC Call To Cut Farming Red Tape
28 March 2017

IPA Welcomes PC Call To Cut Farming Red Tape

“The Productivity Commission’s final report, Regulation of Australian Agriculture, shows that red tape is the biggest factor undermining prosperity in the agricultural sector,” said Daniel Wild, research fellow with free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “This report shows that state governments should scrap their native vegetation laws and start over. Private landowners should not be forced to
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Annastacia Palaszczuk And The Latest City-Country Divide
19 August 2016

Annastacia Palaszczuk And The Latest City-Country Divide

Nothing reveals the clear divide between inner city and regional Queensland than the long, tumultuous history of land clearing. The Palaszczuk government’s now failed changes to native vegetation law is a perfect example of how out-of-control environmentalism can hold back Australia’s agriculture and, indeed, our economic development. The laws, which failed a vote in the Queensland Parliament last night, proposed
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19 August 2016

Submission To The Productivity Commission Draft Report Of The Regulation Of Agriculture

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) welcomes this Productivity Commission Draft report (henceforth the ‘Draft’) on the Regulation of Agriculture and encourages the focus on the impact of regulation and red tape on this primary industry. While Australian agricultural production is expected to rise to over $60 billion for the first time this financial year, productivity and competitiveness headwinds remain.
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Red Tape Is Strangling Australia’s Primary Resources Industries
15 August 2016

Red Tape Is Strangling Australia’s Primary Resources Industries

The Palaszczuk government’s proposed changes to native vegetation laws demonstrate how Australia’s economic growth and prosperity is being held back by red tape. Changes to native vegetation laws introduced by the Newman government in 2013 encouraged agricultural production by allowing land clearing on private property according to requirements outlined in self assessable codes. These codes specify in great detail how
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As A Rule, Bureaucracy Is Smothering Agriculture
10 August 2016

As A Rule, Bureaucracy Is Smothering Agriculture

The Productivity Commission’s call to slash red tape across the agricultural sector is exactly what our farmers need. The recently released draft report highlighted the breathtaking array of complex, duplicative and often inconsistent red-tape requirements that hold our agricultural sector back. Farmers are best suited to farming; not filling out forms, complying with archaic rules and battling distant regulators. The
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Local Farmers, Not Distant Regulators, Are Best Placed To Protect Our Environment
2 August 2016

Local Farmers, Not Distant Regulators, Are Best Placed To Protect Our Environment

Toobeah farmer John Norman’s nightmare experience with red tape and excessive bureaucracy illustrates an issue many farmers face. It shouldn’t have taken Mr Norman long to prolong a natural event that occurred on his property following a flood event. Water just needed to be added to the natural flow from his farm. But Mr Norman ended up spending six weeks
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