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16    Primary Industries—Australian Beef Industry

Senator Williams, also on behalf of Senators Canavan, O’Sullivan, McKenzie and Day, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 795—That the Senate notes that:

    (a)   the beef industry is worth $8.5 billion to Australia;

    (b)   a report released by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences [ABARES] shows that farm incomes are increasing for Australia’s beef producers;

     (c)   beef producers in northern Australia have enjoyed a 98.1 per cent increase or around 50 per cent above the average for the previous 10 years;

    (d)   beef producers in southern Australia have seen their farm cash income increase from $38 100 a farm in 2013-14 to $64 000 a farm in 2014-15;

     (e)   increases in the numbers of cattle sold for live export and higher prices have resulted in the farm cash income in the northern live cattle export region increasing from an average of $143 000 in 2013-14 to $277 000 in 2014-15; and

     (f)   that the Australian Government’s free trade agreements with China, Japan and Korea, combined with the live cattle trade negotiations with China, ensure a strong and prosperous future for the beef industry.

Statement by leave : Senator Whish-Wilson, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.