The National Farmers’ Federation has booked appointments with the incoming Coalition Government ministers even before it is clear who they will be.By Cathy Walker
NFF president Duncan Fraser said on Monday the NFF would keep up the pressure on Canberra to deliver on its key election pledges to agriculture, particularly its promised $100
‘‘We strongly believe the Coalition heard our message and we will be eager to speak to the new trade, regional affairs and agriculture ministers,’’ Mr Fraser said.
‘‘We’ve moved past the rhetoric and now we welcome the opportunity to work with the government.’’
Mr Fraser said the election results delivered a clear message to politicians of all persuasions: ‘‘Don’t take rural and regional Australia for granted — they will bite back pretty quickly.’’
Former VFF president Andrew Broad was elected to represent Mallee for the Nationals in the Coalition, reputedly flying to each of the widespread booths in his electorate.
His successor Peter Tuohey said on Monday he expected Mr Broad would make a very effective contribution.
‘‘I’m sure he’ll be chewing a lot of ears to make sure things will happen,’’ Mr Tuohey said.
‘‘Andrew’s understanding of ag issues is important. But more importantly there has been a lack of people (in parliament) who have been involved in business and never lived in the real world, relying on advisers who are the same.’’
Mr Tuohey said he was one of the regional Australians or travellers who looked forward to the $100
‘‘Carbon tax was a key issue from the farmers’ perspective, and we also welcome the promised reduction in red and green tape.’’
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After a tennis career spanning 62 years, of which the last 35 years have been as a coach, Yarrawonga's Jon Coleman is set to retire at the end of 2013.
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Led by captain Mark Peterson and opening bowler Keith Chalmers, Echuca South earned a comfortable win against Cooma.
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Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
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Tocumwal Pre-School students are proudly flying their KITE at the Tocumwal Lions Community Hostel.
Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
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