Foreign farm subsidies hurting Aussie farmers

Crikey readers talk asylum seekers on Manus Island, the reality for Australian farmers, the gender pay gap and why Wills and Kate might be doing our air force a favour.

Up in the air with the royals

Tom Torday, a former flight lieutenant, writes: Re. “Royal rates: what you’ll pay for Will and Kate’s Aussie adventure” (Friday). I am as republican as the next leftie, but it should be remarked that RAAF units, such as the VIP Flight, must do a minimum hours per month in the air. The royal flights will count towards this and are therefore not quite as extravagant as they are made out!

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3 thoughts on “Foreign farm subsidies hurting Aussie farmers

  1. JohnB

    That which Shirley Colliss says is well worth a “fact check”. I certainly agree with her statement, but why not calibrate it against a bit of research? Then I could base my dislike of American and European agricultural subsidy in good solid fact, rather than, as at present, only opinion.

  2. Kevin_T

    John B. Just Google US Farm Subsidies and you will get an idea of the extent of the subsidies, and the ease of applying for them.

    The European Union has CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) which has implemented farm subsidies since 1962.

    Australian and New Zealand farms are rated as the least subsidised in the OECD. The benefit of this is that we actually produce efficient farming techniques in order to stay competitive – major droughts and “dumping” not withstanding.

  3. JohnB

    Yes, Kevin_T. AUstralian farmers are essentially frozen out of many markets, and many governments have failed in their duty to protect them when signing on to so-called “free trade agreements” which selectively permit destruction of our primary industries while exposing our less efficient manufacturing industries to the cheaper labour and other costs which apply in other countries.

    We have been had.

    What I was suggesting was a review of this from a broader perspective than just a US farm subsidy act or the EU CAP.

    Crikey has not been active in this fertile (pun intended) area.

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