While debate around Australia's food security continues to rage, one thing is clear: water policy and food security are inextricably linked.
Australian agriculture is our productivity success story. But the reaction to it suggests maybe we don't want productivity quite as much as we say we do.
The profound flaws of giving handouts to drought-stricken farmers are well known. But little scrutiny is applied to the government's drought packages.
One hundred and twenty-three councils have been deemed eligible for more than $123 million worth of drought funding — but others suffering low rainfall are missing out. Inq takes a look at why.
While the government squabbles over who gets the credit for handouts to farmers, farmers themselves are calling for an end to ad hoc policy that discourages preparedness for drought.
The ethical and environmental case for avoiding meat and dairy is overwhelming. We should be moving to close down those industries, not propping them up with taxpayer handouts.
Sugar once fuelled the settlement of northern Queensland, but growing environmental and economic challenges are making it harder for farmers to get by.