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Senate acknowledges Australian farmers


The Senate has today acknowledged the integral contribution farmers make to Australian life by passing a motion noting the Australian Year of the Farmer.

The motion by Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert and Senators Richard Colbeck and Glenn Sterle, called on the Government to provide support and funding for Australian Year of the Farmer initiatives.

“Australia’s farmers are an integral part of our economy and communities,” Senator Siewert said today.

“Agriculture injects more than $405 billion into our economy each year and is the basis for over 1.6 million jobs.

“Farmers are responsible for proving food, clothing and shelter, both here and overseas.

“Australian agriculture greatly contributes to global food security and supply, which will be an increasingly important issue in coming years.

“I encourage the Government to act on this motion by providing support and funding for the initiatives of the Australian Year of the Farmer,” Senator Siewert concluded.


 Notice of Motion - Australian Year of the Farmer

Senators Siewert, Colbeck, Sterle

We give notice of motion that on the next day of sitting I shall move:

That the Senate:

a) Notes that the Australian Year of the Farmer 2012 is a year-long celebration of the vital role farmers' play in feeding, clothing and housing people – both here and overseas.

b) Acknowledges:
I. Agriculture plays an integral role in Australia's economy and prosperity, injecting more than $405 billion into the economy per year, 27% of our GDP.
II. There are 136,000 farms employing around 370,000 people and supports farming families across Australia.
III. Agriculture and related industries provide 1.6 million jobs, more than half are located in metropolitan Australia.
IV. Farming exports totalled around $27 billion in 2010-2011, a great contribution to global food supply and security.
V. Majority of Australians (71%) believe agriculture and related industries contribute to the Australian way of life and our identity as a nation.
VI. The importance of the contribution Australian farmers make to the maintenance of our cultural and environmental heritage.
VII. Australian Year of the Farmer recognises those who make a significant contribution to our economic, social and environmental prosperity.

c) Calls on the Government to support and provide funding for the initiatives of the Australian Year of the Farmer.

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