Farm­ers left ploughed un­der by silly politi­cians

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

THE Ab­bott regime and Barnaby Joyce are keen to help the Aussie farmer; or so it ap­pears. They have grand plans to build dams, es­pe­cially in the North. But will this be the panacea they think it to be? What good are these ini­tia­tives while we are be­holden to free trade agree­ments that dic­tate as to what we can and can­not do?

South­ern farm­ers are hav­ing trou­ble selling their crops and some are even plough­ing them into the ground. Fruit or­chards are dis­ap­pear­ing rapidly from Queens­land’s Gran­ite Belt be­cause of poor mar­kets and prices paid that don’t meet their costs. Su­per­mar­ket chains are re­spon­si­ble for some of the take- itor- leave- it prices.

Mar­kets are heav­ily con­trolled for the ben­e­fit of the buy­ers, but Aus­tralia could easily sup­ply all its food prod­ucts in­stead of the im­ports that now oc­cur. But we don’t have an ad­min­is­tra­tion that wants self- suf­fi­ciency.

Things need to change dra­mat­i­cally if we are not to starve if the day comes when im­ports are stopped be­cause of war or other rea­sons.


Glen Aplin.

Water­mel­ons lie rot­ting near Gran­tham.

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