Farm Policy Journal

Journal article

1 Jan 2013

This essay examines the potential of Australian agriculture to meet the growing food demand from Asia. In doing so, this paper analyses the drivers of demand from the Asian region, where opportunities are identified for specific agricultural industries. Australia's current potential is examined, exploring innovation...

Journal article

1 Jan 2013

The Australian dairy industry sits at crossroads. It hasn't grown, as an industry, over the past decade and has a diminished global standing and reputation. In the Australian domestic market, the dairy news has been dominated by stories of the demise of fresh milk regions...

Journal article

1 Jan 2013

Jane Adams is the principal of Jane Adams Communications a Sydney-based marketing consultancy specialising in food, wine, and regional and urban community development projects. Since 1998 Jane has pursued a vital personal interest in farmers' markets, a significant driver of economic development and food marketing...

Journal article

1 Jan 2013

Agricultural investments in Australia are innately risky, as evidenced by the variability in climate, commodity prices and the exchange rate over the last decade. These risks, when combined with the banking reforms that followed the global financial crisis, have caused many banks to be more...

Journal article

1 Jan 2013

The level of concentrated market power in the Australian grocery retail industry is unprecedented: Coles and Woolworths now collectively control 74% of market share.This shift in market power is neither temporary nor cyclical, but has in fact created a fundamental structural change that is expected...

Journal article

1 Jan 2013

Australian farmers operate in a volatile business environment, subject to the vagaries of the Australian climate and fully exposed to capricious international agricultural commodity markets. Periodically, a combination of climate and market factors create particularly challenging periods for farm businesses, during which time there are...

Journal article

1 Jan 2013

The two major supermarkets are often attacked by farmers and food manufacturers for forcing down prices and abusing market power. However, the popular debate glosses over the complexities of the food and grocery supply chain and the positive contribution of the major supermarkets to the...

Journal article

1 Jan 2013

The next 15 years will present significant challenges and opportunities for Australian agriculture. Food security is a growing global concern that will have direct impacts on the lives of hundreds of millions, particularly in Asia. Food security will also necessarily impact on the livelihoods of...

Journal article

1 Jan 2013

For almost 40 years Australia has had a national competition law designed to ensure that markets operate effectively and fairly. First known as the Trade Practices Act 1974, and more recently renamed the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, this body of law has had a...

Journal article

1 Jan 2013

When it comes to Australian water reform few issues loom larger than the management of the Murray-Darling Basin. It has taken more than a century of protracted negotiation and compromise to finally emerge with the Murray-Darling Basin Plan which was formalised in November 2012. Now,...

Journal article

1 Jan 2013

As a Regulation, the Murray-Darling Basin Plan was 'made' by Water Minister Tony Burke in November 2012. Sure, it was a disallowable instrument (either House of Parliament could disallow it) but that was highly unlikely to occur. As a result, the Parliamentary process was something...

Journal article

1 Jan 2013

Depending on the perspective of each person or organisation, the passage of the Basin Plan has met with mixed reactions. For Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) Chair, Craig Knowles, it was seen as a time to celebrate. However, the jury is still out for the irrigation...

Journal article

1 Jan 2013

There is considerable debate about increased foreign ownership of farmland and corporate farming in Australia, and the presumed decline of the 'family farm'. However, while overseas and corporate farmers have an important role in Australian agriculture, family farming business entities are not about to be...

Journal article

1 Jan 2006

This paper considers the economic processes shaping the future of settlement in Australia and argues that complex forces are at work, and that towns and regions that can identify and develop new industries have considerable potential for growth. The paper begins by discussing the evidence...