Abbott Releases Foreign Investment Discussion Paper

The Coalition has released a discussion paper on foreign investment in agricultural land and agribusiness.

Abbott, Truss & Hockey

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said “the Coalition unambiguously welcomes and supports foreign investment”. However, “there is scope to improve Australia’s foreign investment regime when it comes to investment in agricultural land and agricultural business”.

The paper was released by Abbott, Nationals leader Warren Truss and Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey in Sydney today.

The paper is titled: “Foreign Investment In Australian Agricultural Land And Agribusiness”. Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey has been put in charge of managing a “Discussion Paper process”. Submissions to the process are open until October 31, 2012.

Abbott, Truss and Hockey discussed foreign investment at a press conference this morning:

Media release from Opposition Leader Tony Abbott on the Foreign Investment Discussion Paper.

The Coalition unambiguously welcomes and supports foreign investment.

Foreign investment has been and will continue to be instrumental to the economic development and growth of Australia.

We support a foreign investment regime that strengthens our economy, promotes growth, and fosters confidence that foreign investment is in our national interest. [Read more…]

Australia “A Bit Lost” – Rick Farley

This is the full text of Rick Farley’s 2003 Australia Day Address, from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Mr. Farley was the Executive Director of the National Farmers’ Federation from 1988-1995.

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Text of Rick Farley’s Australia Day Address.

Rick FarleyI wish to acknowledge the Aboriginal traditional owners of the place where we come together today and thank them for their welcome. I pay respect to their elders and to their culture – the oldest living culture in the world.

All Australians extend their sympathy and support to families who have faced tragedy in recent months – particularly those touched by the Bali bombings and those who have suffered from bushfires and abnormal drought. While there may be different views about these events, I am sure their human cost appals us all.

I also acknowledge those who have previously given this address. I am humbled to be added to their ranks and tremulous in the shadows of their legacy. I thank the Australia Day Council of New South Wales for the opportunity. [Read more…]