New agriculture minister for Australia

By Nicholas Robinson

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Australia has appointed a new Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, in a move welcomed by the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF).

MP Joel Fitzgibbon will take up office soon and is expected to meet with the NFF CEO Matt Linnegar soon to discuss various issues within the farming sector.

Linnegar said: “These include the implementation of the Farm Finance package, which is still awaiting state and territory approval – and, in conjunction with the new Trade Minister, MP Richard Marles, the finalisation of the China, Japan and South Korea free trade agreements. As Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said in his press conference on Friday (28 June), the China FTA is currently moving at the pace of a ‘lame camel’.”

The government’s need to make a decision on investments into innovation and research development will also be discussed, Linnegar said. Adding that the country needed to shore up its competitiveness and profitability, as well as build a stronger workforce and ensure there is balance between the needs of agriculture and the needs of the environment.

Thanks were given to former Agricultural Minister Joe Ludwig by the NFF, which said the two had a very strong working relationship.

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