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Welcome to the NFF’s Weekly Wrap, bringing you the week’s farming and political news each Friday.
Government reaches decision on live export ruling
On Wednesday evening, the Morrison Government announced it would not appeal the Federal Court’s ruling that the 2011 live export shutdown was unlawful. The announcement brings an end to almost decade of uncertainty for impacted businesses and families across Northern Australia. The class action, led by the AFFF has reinforced the importance of that fund in defending the rights of farmers.
Interim Report into the EPBC Act
On Monday, the long-awaited Interim Report into the EPBC Act was released. In his summary of the report, Professor Graeme Samuel AC said a ‘quantum shift’ was required on the quality and accessibility of information provided by the Act. The NFF has welcomed the report, saying it reaffirms the frustrations of farmers.
Farmsafe Australia launches Safer Farms Report
This week marked National Farm Safety Week, a week dedicated to promoting the importance of safety on farms. In recognition of Farm Safety Week, Farmsafe Australia launched its Safer Farms 2020 report which highlights some sobering statistics related to on farm injuries and fatalities.
Border closures continue as COVID-19 cases rise
As COVID-19 cases continue to spike in Victoria, stricter border controls are in place for travellers looking to travel in to and out of Victoria and South Australia. For information regarding the NSW/VIC borders and SA/VIC borders, visit FarmHub.
Industry slams fresh juice rating
Last week at the Food Regulation Forum, State Ministers voted to remove the 5-star rating for fresh fruit and vegetable juice with no added sugar under the revised Health Star Ratings system. Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has joined Australia’s citrus industry in slamming the decision, saying it was the Food Forum’s star that has fallen.
Farmers asked to share workforce requirements
As picking begins, in many regions concerns are rising about access to the workers. The NFF and our members are working with Federal and state governments on COVID-19 labour solutions while ensuring public health is safeguarded. However, the scale of the workforce shortage remains unclear. The NFF is calling on farmers to detail their expected labour requirements for the next 12 months by completing this short survey. The results will shape industry and Government’s approach to addressing this challenge.
Weekly insight
Government announces biggest deficit since WWII
Yesterday, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg confirmed the extent of the forecast budget damage from COVID-19, with the Federal Budget deficit to reach levels not seen since WWII. Some commentators are already predicting this will forecast will prove optimistic in the coming months...
Source: RBA, Australian Treasury, AMP Capital
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What is the Australian Farmers' Fighting Fund (AFFF)?

On Wednesday, the Morrison Government announced that it would not appeal the Federal Court’s ruling that the 2011 decision to ban live export to Indonesia was unlawful.

The class action lawsuit would not have been possible without the contributions of the Brett Cattle Company, the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) as well as the Australian Farmers’ Fighting Fund (AFFF).

This is a landmark win for the AFFF, a fund established in 1985 to fight cases that threaten the prosperity of Australian agriculture and regional Australia.

The AFFF supports farmers in their battle against unfair and unwarranted barriers to the development of sustainable farming practices and vibrant regional communities.

In the 1980s, farmers were concerned that union intransigence and rigidity, as exemplified by the Mudginberri dispute, threatened the future of Australian agriculture and industry productivity in general.

Mudgenberri presented the opportunity for the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), with AFFF support, to challenge and defeat the old, inward looking standards that had long passed their used by date.

However, creating new standards is an expensive proposition.

In 1985, the AFFF was formed, forged in the industrial battlefield of Mudgenberri and backed by a rally of 45,000 farmers in Canberra in July to protest the impact of high taxes and escalating interest rates on rural business.

The formation of the AFFF was the right idea at the right time in Australian history.

It won instant support from farmers and raised millions of dollars. Half the money raised was donated by non-farming businesses that supported the NFF’s challenge to injustices.

Those funds are still working for Australian farmers today, fighting issues that would set disturbing precedents for farmers, regional communities and Australia as a whole.

Quote of the week
"Tonight, those who were directly and indirectly hurt by the 2011 decision have been vindicated. Tonight marks a new beginning."

Sent by the National Farmers' Federation, NFF House, 14-16 Brisbane Avenue, Barton ACT 2600

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