July 31st 2004

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COVER STORY: What the COAG Water Agreement means

EDITORIAL: Issues facing the Howard Government

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Kim Beazley's return masks Labor's divisions over US

AUSFTA: Will Green preferences sink trade agreement?

NATIONAL COMPETITION POLICY: SA Government heads towards dismantling single selling-desk for barley

DEREGULATION: Stock Journal survey rejects new SA Barley Export Bill

QUARANTINE BREACH: Inquiry needed on citrus canker

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Boswell sees red over Senate marriage delay

EDUCATION: School vouchers - giving power back to parents

SOCIAL POLICY: Singapore's Provident Fund adapts to new realities

FILM: Appeals against degrading movies rejected

MEDIA: Victory on TV Code of Practice

HEALTH: Abortion causes uterine damage

VICTORIA: Are we facing a long dry spell?

STRAWS IN THE WIND : Peacock Throne / The Stasi never died / Supersized

CINEMA: Whatever happened to the family film?

Distributism defended (letter)

People without land (letter)

Ethanol industry viable (letter)

OBITUARY: Vale Brian Nash

OBITUARY: Vale Martin Klibbe

BOOKS: Nightmare of the Prophet, by Paul Gray

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BOOKS: So Monstrous A Travesty, by Ross McMullin

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Stock Journal survey rejects new SA Barley Export Bill

by Paul Russell

News Weekly, July 31, 2004
A recent survey of South Australian barley-growers, conducted by the Stock Journal, shows that 80 per cent of grain-growers do not want to see the destruction of the single selling-desk.

"This study reinforces Stock Journal's 2003 survey that showed 90% of growers wanted ABB to keep the single selling-desk and believed it delivered premium prices," says Stock Journal's Kate Dowler (July 13, 2004).

The figures varied across the State, reflecting crop and growing season variations and access to export and/or local markets. Growers closest to the Victorian border showed the least inclination to keeping the single selling-desk and most were in favour of the GLA operating in South Australia. These growers have witnessed their counterparts across the border having access to a deregulated market post the 2001 changes. Greener fields, perhaps?

But will deregulation, or a choice between the single selling-desk and other licensed buyers/exporters, deliver sustained advantages to growers?

One grower, Brendan Ramsey, echoed the concerns of many: "Initially, if a GLA is introduced, prices will lift slightly but, long-term prices will lower and disadvantage farmers. They would compete against each other and markets would be cherry-picked," said Mr. Ramsey (Stock Journal, July 13, 2004).

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