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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2008
page 57 C aTTL e COUNCIL OF a USTR a LI a Y ea RBOOK 2008 The bottom line is that in order to maximise the opportunities and minimise the risks for farmers from a changing climate, agriculture must be directly involved in both the international rules for a post-Kyoto agreement and the design of any australian emissions Trading Scheme. Looking ahead, farmers will face new and ongoing challenges in getting their quality produce to the marketplace. Farmers in those areas still in the grip of severe drought will need several solid years of rain and good seasonal conditions before they can rebound. While commodity prices are at record levels, the cost of doing business is also rising exponentially. Fertiliser and chemical prices have more than doubled over the past 12 months, labour wage rates have risen sharply on the back of 30-year lows in unemployment and fuel prices have quadrupled since 2003 – recently breaking through the US$100/barrel barrier. Further, agriculture, more than any other sector, is exposed to the risks of climate change, fluctuating world markets and international trade barriers. However, modern australian farmers continue to drive innovation and technology to be among the planets’ most sustainable and remain at the cutting-edge of international competitiveness. The NFF is centrally involved in a range of leading issues, such as national infrastructure reform to relieve capacity constrains and gain efficiencies in transporting our product to the marketplace. We are pushing for a world-class, upgraded and integrated road, rail and ports system. Our work in international trade policy is crucial to ensure that current markets are maintained and new markets are opened for australian farmers - who export around 70% of all we produce. The NFF is committed to ensuring the quarantine settings for our island nation are robust, to ensure we have a transparent, science-based system, backed-up by capable compliance to ensure to the best extent possible that we maintain our low pest and disease prevalence, and preserve our image as a supplier of clean, safe quality products internationally. The NFF will continue to work closely with our members and all levels of governments on biotechnology, water and natural resource policy, to ensure the settings are right so farmers are free to choose the farm systems that best suit their needs meeting consumer demands. On the farm, it is critical that telecommunications are metro-comparable (quality and price) to enable the business to be connected to markets both at home and overseas. Workplace relations policy must be flexible to ensure that farm businesses, 99% of them family-owned, are able to work with their employees for a mutually beneficial relationship that reflects the specific needs of both parties. In light of the new government’s ‘education Revolution’, the NFF is committed to ensuring agriculture is front- and-centre of the debate as a recent study predicts that agriculture will need around 100 000 new workers for direct farm jobs. Therefore, education and training are vital to easing skilled labour shortages. We will continue to promote agriculture as a modern, challenging and satisfying career choice for australians to attract, train and retain workers in local communities. The NFF’s role is to aggressively push the issues of importance to the future of farming and rural australia. Indeed, these are interwoven with the national interest. The NFF and our members have a vision for a modern, profitable and sustainable australian agricultural sector – one that can meet the challenges head-on and make the most of the opportunities to come. In spite of australia’s prolonged and devastating drought, australian farming remains a huge contributor to the nation’s economy and in the delivery of environmental outcomes. The NFF expects the australian government to work in partnership with farmers for the good of the nation. In this charter, we commit ourselves to the next three years and beyond. We will work with, and pursue, the australian government on the road to national prosperity. The bottom line is that in order to maximise the opportunities and minimise the risks for farmers from a changing climate, agriculture must be directly involved in both the international rules for a post-Kyoto agreement and the design of any Australian Emissions Trading Scheme.