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Thursday, 22 March 2012
Page: 4072

Australian Year of the Farmer

Debate resumed on motion by Mr Scott:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) the Australian Year of the Farmer 2012 provides an opportunity to celebrate such achievements and to further strengthen the connections between rural and urban Australia;

(b) Australian farming families play a vital role in our society and it is important that we all recognise how much farming affects our lives;

(c) Australian farmers have a central role in delivering domestic and global food security;

(d) Australian farming families and the associated agricultural industries are involved in producing, processing, handling and selling products from 136,000 farms across the country; and

(e) Australian farms and the industries that support them generate more than $405 billion each year; and

(2) calls on members of the House to recognise:

(a) the Australian Year of the Farmer and the vital role that Australian farming families and their associated agricultural industries play in keeping our nation fed, clothed and sheltered; and

(b) the significant contribution that Australian agriculture makes to the nation's economy.

Question agreed to.