Agriculture

September 2017

New agricultural export legislation released for public consultation – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Agriculture,

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says exporters in new and emerging industries and those in established ones will benefit from simplified agricultural export legislation, released for public consultation, making the regulations easier to follow to save exporters time and money.

August 2017

New national biosecurity research and development priorities announced – August 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Agriculture,

The National Biosecurity Committee has endorsed new national biosecurity Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) priorities, giving a more unified, strategic and nationally-consistent focus to biosecurity research.

June 2017

New powers to block suspect food imports – July 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Agriculture,

Australian authorities are being given stronger powers to hold food at the border if there are reasonable grounds to suspect it possesses a serious risk to human health, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce has said.

March 2017

Dairy farmers add voice to calls for action on energy – March 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Agriculture, Energy,

Dairy industry leaders have expressed alarm at the possible impacts of the rising prices for gas.

February 2017

Senate inquiry into APVMA move to Armidale – February 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Politics, Opinion Polls, Trade and industry,

The Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee will hold an inquiry into the operation, effectiveness and consequences of relocating corporate Commonwealth entities, as well as the economic, environmental and capability implications.

December 2016

Deputy PM orders all agriculture agencies out of Canberra – December 2016

Filed under: Trade and industry, Agriculture,

Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has used a regulatory order to enforce his decision to move the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority from Canberra to Armidale, in his northern NSW electorate.

October 2016

Gina Rinehart-led consortia bids for Kidman Estate after Chinese bid blocked – October 2016

Filed under: Trade and industry, Agriculture, Investment, Mining,

Mining magnate Gina Rinehart has joined with Chinese real estate firm Shanghai CRED to bid $365 million for Australia’s largest private landholding, S Kidman & Co.

Prime Minister sets scene for Australia’s role in international water moves – October 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade and industry,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told a high-level UN panel on water that there are vitally important agricultural regions of the world.

September 2016

Further dairy inquiry stirs rural angst – September 2016

Filed under: Politics, Senate, Trade and industry, Agriculture,

Acting president of Australian Dairy Farmers David Basham has welcomed the Senate inquiry into the dairy industry but warned it should not double up on issues being looked at by other investigations.

Government extends ACCC review of dairy industry – September 2016

Filed under: Trade and industry, Agriculture,

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce has announced that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will conduct an inquiry into the national dairy industry.

Consultation on foreign ownership of water rights – September 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade and industry,

The Government has released for consultation draft amendments to the Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land Act which will establish a register of foreign ownership of water entitlements.

August 2016

Lambie criticises Coalition for wrong priorities – August 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Tax, Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has urged the Liberals not to waste time debating GST policy but to urgently address problems facing veterans and dairy farmers.

No action after Murray-Goulburn meets Prime Minister – August 2016

Filed under: Politics, Trade and industry, Agriculture,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the Government is very concerned about events in the milk industry but confident about the future of the dairy industry.

Repayment options offered to Murray Goulburn suppliers have tax implications – August 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Tax, Trade and industry, Agriculture,

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has published an alert for milk suppliers to Murray Goulburn in Victoria to be aware that their tax liabilities could be affected by their choice of payment options under the Cooperative’s recently announced repayment scheme.

July 2016

New coordinator for regional investment proposed – July 2016

Filed under: Politics, Elections, Trade and industry, Agriculture, Infrastructure,

The Coalition says that if re-elected it will establish a Regional Investment Corporation to fast-track the delivery of $4.5 billion in Commonwealth drought and water infrastructure loans.

June 2016

Dairy package wins Labor support but industry criticism – June 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Agriculture,

The Coalition Government has announced a support package for Australian dairy farmers who have had their incomes retrospectively cut by dairy processors Murray-Goulburn and Fonterra.

Coalition defers ‘backpacker tax’ until after election – June 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Immigration, Agriculture,

The Coalition says it will undertake a review of the broad range of issues affecting the supply and taxation of working holiday maker 417 and 462 visas if it is re-elected.

ATO responds to dairy crisis – June 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Tax, Trade and industry, Agriculture,

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has said it will give special consideration to dairy farmers facing difficulties with tax payments due to the current crisis in the dairy industry.

April 2016

Streamlined livestock export arrangements – April 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Agriculture, Trade,

The Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, has announced that all livestock exporters can now apply for an approved arrangement to reduce red tape and streamline paperwork.

December 2015

Productivity Commission to review agricultural regulation – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Agriculture,

The Federal Government has released the terms of reference for the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into regulation of the Australian agricultural sector, with the inquiry to start immediately.

New foreign investment land registration requirements – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Agriculture, Investment,

The deadline for foreign investors or their representatives to register their existing Australian agricultural land holdings has been extended by two months to 29 February 2016.

New cattle trade agreements with Indonesia and China – November 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Agriculture,

New arrangements agreed between the Indonesian and Australian governments will see increased exports of Australian productive breeding cattle and buffalo, says the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce.

New Biosecurity import guidelines – November 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Agriculture,

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is inviting comment on new biosecurity arrangements to operate from June 16 next year.

September 2015

Senate passes cap on water buybacks – September 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Agriculture, Environment,

Federal Parliament has passed legislation that will cap the Federal Government’s water buybacks at 1,500 gigalitres, to protect the social and economic fabric of Murray Darling Basin communities.

July 2015

Consultation on biosecurity charges – July 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Agriculture,

The federal Department of Agriculture is inviting feedback on proposed new fees and levies that importers will pay for biosecurity services, including inspections and audits.

Agriculture White Paper published – July 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Agriculture,

The Commonwealth Government has published its White Paper on Agricultural Competitiveness, describing it as an investment in Australia’s farmers and the nation’s competitive strengths in agriculture.

Depreciation concessions for farmers brought forward – July 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Tax, Agriculture,

The operation of tax depreciation measures for farmers, announced in the Federal Budget has been brought forward. They now have immediate effect rather than starting in July 2016.

June 2015

Ministers seek ‘free-range’ labelling agreement - June 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Agriculture,

State and Territory Consumer Affairs ministers, at their latest meeting, discussed the vexed issue of the labelling of commercially sold eggs.

Depreciation concessions for farmers brought forward - June

Filed under: Australian Politics, Tax, Agriculture,

The operation of tax depreciation measures for farmers, announced in the federal Budget has been brought forward. They now have immediate effect rather than starting in July next year.

May 2015

Agencies to move from Canberra - May

Filed under: Australian Politics, Agriculture,

The federal Government has reaffirmed its commitment to relocating three research and development corporations (RDCs) and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) from Canberra to regional Australia.

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