Sugar marketing – clearing up misconceptions

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Sugar marketing – clearing up misconceptions

The Sugar Industry (Real Choice in Marketing) Amendment Bill 2015 passed Queensland Parliament on 3 December and became law after receiving Royal Assent two weeks later on 17 December.

This is a major step forward in securing certainty for the sugar industry.

It opens the door to deliver genuine competition in sugar marketing and thereby overcomes the imbalance in market power that favoured the mills.

This will ensure ongoing security for growers and millers into the future. CANEGROWERS is committed to working with all mills and QSL to ensure smooth implementation of the new legislation for the 2017 season and the longer term.

Here are a few facts (to counter some of the misconceptions out there):

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Historic Line in the Sand preserves Cane Farmers’ rights

The Sugar Industry (Real Choice in Marketing) Amendment Bill 2015, passed through the Queensland Parliament on Wednesday 2 December 2015. The Bill was introduced into the Queensland Parliament by Mr Shane Knuth MP, member for Dalrymple and passed with amendments from Mr Kuth and Mrs Deb Frecklington, Member for Nanango (LNP) and Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. The supporting vote of Mr Billy Gordon, member for Cook was the critical vote to pass this essential legislation.

The Australian Cane Farmers Association (ACFA) acknowledges Katter’s Australian Party, the Liberal National Party and Billy Gordon for recognising that the plight of Queensland’s cane farmers and regional communities transcends politics and for working together in order to pass the legislation. Continue reading

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KAP delivers sweet success

KAP Member for Dalrymple for Shane Knuth has welcomed the move to accelerate his Sugar industry real choice in Marketing Bill  to be voted on before the end of the year. Continue reading

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Kondinin Group Australia Farmer of the Year 2015 Awards

We are pleased to announce the Gerard Puglisi has once again been nominated for a division of the Farmer of the Year awards. Last year Gerard was named a finalist in the Diversification category, in which he has been nominated for again.  Continue reading

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Next Gen hosts sustainable industries study tour from Michigan State University

Next Gen recently hosted a group of American students at Sweet Farm Tours in Mossman. Continue reading

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By George, we’ve got it: code released on sugar marketing

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The nation’s cane growers heartily welcome the release of a proposed mandatory code of conduct for sugar marketing by the federal government taskforce today.

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Next Gen maintains positive attendance numbers throughout harvest season

Despite a busy harvesting season and farmers now going into crushing, the latest Next Gen meeting was positive with 20 people in attendance.  Continue reading

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Media Release: Taskforce recommends Sugar Code of Conduct

george letterheadTHE ABBOTT Government’s Sugar Marketing Code of Conduct Taskforce will today recommend to Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce and Small Business Minister Bruce Billson that a mandatory Code of Conduct be adopted for the sugar industry.  Continue reading

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Unprecedented grower solidarity calling for a fair go in sugar marketing

 

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A show of unprecedented grower solidarity took place in Townsville today, as grower groups from right across the sugarcane growing sector came together, unified in their heightened resolve to uphold grower rights and calling on a fair go for growers and the rural communities they support.

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SRA unveils new and comprehensive library of industry research

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Sugar Research Australia (SRA) has today unveiled a new resource for the Australian sugarcane industry bringing together a comprehensive library of industry research into one publicly accessible location. Continue reading

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