According to a journalist who has taken a forensic look at the Budget, the Government will be spending nearly half $B ($464M) in the next six weeks to promote something yet unknown. The inference is to buy votes or promote the NBN. This is either borrowed money or our money, yet we do nothing to plan for the long term future and sustainability of our food processors and farmers. The Farmer Power Group established recently identified the plight on farms as incomes continue to decline.
Concerned people need to understand that food security is an issue of national importance – our farming skills, knowledge of the land, and investment in processing and value adding represent what is left of our manufacturing here in our cities and across regions. Australia has no major food company left relative to global brands. Our open door policies to imports, many of which do not meet our standards, our high dollar and the For Sale on our businesses and land exacerbate the problem. We have been complicit in allowing this to happen through poor policies and failure to plan long term. What we need to see is our Governments represented the long term interests and sustainability of the people they purport to represent. We need to support our owned while we still can.
AUSBUY represents Australian owned companies exclusively and initiated a Food Security group nearly four years ago which identified the lack of research since 1998 to show the impact of policies on farm gate profitability and potential loss of skills.
Interviews can be arranged Lynne Wilkinson CEO AUSBUY 0294375455 or 0418314923