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Labor's broken election promise hits rural productivity.

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Labor’s Broken Election Promise Hits Rural Productivity Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Budget estimates today revealed that Labor’s election promise to provide an additional $15 million to Australia’s rural research and development corporations has been broken, Senator Scullion said today.

Australia’s agricultural sector contributes an average of aro und 12% of our GDP and employs directly and indirectly 1.6 million people, or 1 in 6 of all jobs in this country.

Page 7 Labor’s Election policy for their Plan for Primary Industries states:

Strengthening Rural Research and Development Labor supports the current funding formula that provides for industry levies and matching funding by the Federal Government for investment in rural research. However, in recognition of declining revenues as a result of drought, a Rudd Labor Government will invest an extra $15 million in rural RDCs through Australia’s Farming Future.

“Labor have been in office for barely 6 months and all we have seen from the government is a sustained attack on Australian farmers.


or’s achievements to date include:

z Over $1 billion cut from the Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry Budget z Scrapping the successful Farmbis training program. z Savagely cutting food innovation grants. z Closing CSIRO agriculture research sites in Queensland, Victoria and WA, and now z Broken election promise for support to rural research and development.

“Australian farmers provide not only the nations food and fibre, they export high quality produce right around the world, said Senator Scullion.

“They successfully compete against foreign subsidies, a rising dollar and advances being made in developing countries. They achieve such success due to the continued investment in research, product and process development.

“Labor has now placed farm productivity and farm viability at risk with their short sighted razor gang cuts.

“Farmers must be asking themselves what they ever did to deserve such a savage attack upon their livelihoods, said Senator Scullion.

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