Senator Barnaby Joyce told the crowd at the Farmer Power meeting that Australian farmers would do well to follow the example of French farmers.ASHLEA KUNOWSKI February 15, 2013 4:33am
Senator Barnaby Joyce said Australian farmers should follow the example of French farmers and stand-up for the future of the dairy industry by making themselves heard.
Speaking at the Farmer Power meeting in Tongala, the Shadow Regional Development, Local Government and Water Minister commended the courage of French farmers, urging the Australian dairy farmers to stay motivated.
‘‘People such as you (need) to write the agenda and articulate in such a way as your emotion has words,’’ he said.
‘‘I think French farmers are great
Senator Joyce said stakeholders would have to stick together to make their cause known.
‘‘Don’t put yourself in a little pocket and get picked off one by one,’’ he said.
‘‘We must change the logic of this nation to say we are going to do something about it, there is something unconscionable about it.’’
He said Australian farming communities would continue to struggle without sustainable returns.
‘‘I understand entirely the process of diminished returns at the farm gate,’’ he said.
Senator Joyce voiced his frustration about exploitation within the dairy industry.
‘‘I think there is something horribly wrong that first you work 365 days of the year, milk the cows twice a day
But he admitted he did not know everything and encouraged farmers to share their concerns.
‘‘I don’t pretend to be the light of all knowledge,’’ he said.
Senator Joyce said it was possible to simplify the dairy industry issue to problems and resolutions, promising he could make a change.
‘‘If it’s a problem created by legislation, it can be fixed by legislation,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve fought for and will get changes to the competition and consumers act
During question time he agreed introducing a single desk representative body for the dairy industry could help resolve the current problem.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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