April 4th 2009


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EDITORIAL: A way out of the economic tsunami?

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Senator Steve Fielding's political challenge

COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENT: Rudd Government's radical agenda by stealth

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: The Liberal Party faces moment of truth

QUEENSLAND STATE ELECTION I: Labor's Anna Bligh returns to power

QUEENSLAND STATE ELECTION II: Leading abortion campaigner defeated

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Can free trade theory survive the global slump?

ENVIRONMENT: Global cooling is here: Don Easterbrook

BIOETHICS: Plant liberation: Europe's next cause célèbre?

UNITED NATIONS: Voices for the unborn heard at UN session

OPINION: Granting scientists power to take innocent life

F.D. Roosevelt and Obama's strategies (letter)

Agriculture the best-performing sector (letter)

Increasing populations (letter)

CINEMA: Easy Virtue - Dark side of 'deliciously funny comedy'

BOOKS: SMACK EXPRESS: How Organised Crime Got Hooked on Drugs, by Clive Small and Tom Gilling

BOOKS: JOURNEY TO ETERNITY: Victim of Apartheid: a novel, by Eric Carman

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Agriculture the best-performing sector (letter)


by Hon. Robert Brokenshire MLC

News Weekly, April 4, 2009
Sir,

As a dairy farmer now representing the Family First Party to fight for traditional family values, I know that News Weekly readers and I have many similar values and concerns.

As the global financial crisis deepened, it became readily apparent to me from data such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics' GDP figures that it was agriculture that would pull the nation through and avert recession, if not worse.

However the stimulus package of November and then the $42 billion passed in February both failed to provide significant funding to our strongest performing sector, which is primary production.

We should not forget that agriculture, during one of our worst recorded droughts, has been a strong performer. It is a sustainable industry unlike mining, which, despite its benefits, is as finite as the resources in the ground.

I am pushing for a federal agricultural stimulus package to offer hope to the young farmers who are looking for a government that sees a future in agriculture.

I believe that some sectors need restructuring, while others desperately need water and water reform. I have lamented with Riverland irrigators in South Australia as the South Australian state Labor government has done little more than offer them a goodbye rather than an opportunity to restructure for the future.

Hon. Robert Brokenshire MLC,
Family First Party (SA),
Adelaide, SA




























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