Australian Agriculture is operating on an unsustainable basis. Current debt stresses are the logical outcome of decades of unbalanced markets, inappropriate finance, untoward practices and inept policies. We all need new ways forward.
Major problems are evident. From the Wheat fields of Western Australia and Dairy farms of Southern Australia across many Agricultural lands between to the Beef properties of Northern Australia the rural condition is needlessly poor.
Such things are a logical outcome of current policies – public, commercial and private. It is not just a drought or flood here, a retailer there or foolish public policy over there. Rural Australia faces a systemic failure. The foundations of its prosperity and national contribution have been whiteanted by ill-conceived thinking, imprudent investments and cavalier organisations.
A new agenda is needed, one built upon sustainable profitability broadly applied. As argued, this will be critical in repositioning rural Australia so that it has a decent future and makes a renewed contribution to national prosperity.
The flawed thinking underlying imprudent investments now evident as individual, sectoral and systemic failures needs to be accepted. Ill-informed, we all made mistakes. We need to accept this and to develop mutually acceptable ways forward.
Problems are unevenly spread but the threat of contagion means that sensible industry and regional stabilisation is a priority. With due care and insight pending crises can be defused with effective repositioning efficiently achieved.
Australia stands exposed to deteriorating global conditions so action is needed now, while the window of opportunity remains open for Agriculture and the Nation.
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