With the conditions set for three regional independent MPs to decide the makeup of the next federal government, farming and the agriculture industry will be at the forefront in the minds of all political parties.
Regardless of the outcome of any negotiations, it is clear that farming issues and policies will be under intense scrutiny.
With the National Farmers’ Federation National Congress just two weeks away, the timing couldn’t be more critical for all political parties to reinforce their vision for Australia’s farming and agriculture industry.
Federal Agriculture Minister Tony Burke will outline the policies of the current caretaker government at the congress, as will his shadow, National Party MP John Cobb, and Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens, Christine Milne.
All three politicians will share their vision for the agriculture industry, and Australia’s farming future, discussing the issues and priorities they think are needed to take the sector, and Australia, forward over the next three years.
Farmers, agribusiness leaders, agricultural teachers and experts across the broad spectrum of the agriculture industry will be presented with a unique opportunity at the congress to hear from key decision makers first hand, and to quiz them on the issues they feel are vital to the health of the sector.
Federal Water Minister Penny Wong will articulate the Government’s water reform agenda on day two of the congress, and how it will impact farmers. Opposition Water Spokesman Senator Barnaby Joyce and South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon will address their alternative approaches and issues.
The National Farmers’ Federation’s 2010 National Congress will run from the 6th to the 7th September at The Grand Hyatt in Melbourne. All details, including registration and the full Congress Program, are available online.