Rural Debt Crisis

Rural Australia: Crisis 2012 (Ben Rees' paper presented at Rural Debt Roundtable) Part 1 [View Here]; Part 2 [View Here]


Federal Government Response

A hard line on loans (AFR, 30 April 2013): Part 1 [View Here]; Part 2 [View Here]

Farmers nationwide in serious trouble (AFR, 29 April 2013) [View Here]

$650k loans centrepiece of Farm Finance package (Beef Central) [View Here]

Wayne Swan unveils $420m Farm Finance package for indebted farmers (The Australian) [View Here]

Crisis talks spark response (Farm Online) [View Here]

Fairer Finance for Aussie Farmers [View Here]

Country brains trust join Rural Finance Roundtable (Sunshine Coast Daily) [View Here]

Finance package for struggling farmers (Queensland Country Life) [View Here]


Reports on the Rural Debt Roundtable meeting

Discussion Paper Resulting from the Rural Debt Roundable Process [View Here]

Rural debt issue not a market failure, but a policy failure (Beef Central) [View Here]

Rural debt meeting slated for October (The Land) [View Here]

Katter calls for cattle industry crisis meeting [View Here]

Swan attends meeting to discuss farm debt (ABC Rural) [View Here]

Farm debt meeting raises concerns about free trade and de-regulation (ABC Rural) [View Here]

Roundtable's rural debt focus (Queensland Country Life) [View Here]

Hope on farm relief (Countryman) [View Here]

Rural Finance Roundtable (Queensland Farmers Association Weekly Bulletin) [View Here]


Reports on Agricultural Crisis Meeting held in Merredin WA

WA farmers rally over rural debt crisis (Queensland Country Life) [View Here]

Bob Katter, Farmers target agricultural economic policy (The Australian) [View Here]

Inept policies threaten farming collapse (Queensland University of Technology News) [View Here]

WA farming future threat ( [View Here]

Hundreds of people gather for agricultural crisis meeting in Merredin (Merredin-Wheatbelt Mercury) [View Here]

Struggling farmers call for action to secure finance (Farming Ahead Online) [View Here]

Agriculture in crisis meeting unanimously approves 12 resolutions to solve rural debt problems (ABC Western Australian Country Hour) [View Here]

Ag in Crisis meeting highlights need for 'better rural policy' (Beef Central) [View Here]

WA farmers facing bankruptcy ( [View Here]


Report on Rural Debt Summit held in Colac VIC

Farmers look for solutions at Rural Debt Summit (Farming Power) [View Here]


Rural Debt Blowout (articles)

WA rules out rural bank debt takeover (Weekly Times) [View Here]

Rural Australia: Crisis 2012 (Ben Rees' paper presented at Rural Debt Roundtable) Part 1 [View Here]; Part 2 [View Here]

Repositioning Rural Australia (Mark McGovern's paper presented at Rural Debt Roundtables at Merredin WA and Colac VIC) [View Here]


Further Rural Debt Reports

Windsor buys up rural land (Queensland Country Life, 27 May 2013) [View Here]

Western Australia's Farm Debt Trends: Are We at the Tipping Point? (Bankwest Agribusiness, 2011) [View Here]

Land sales prompt AACo rethink for shareholders (Financial Review, 28 May 2013) [View Here]

Inept policies threaten farming future: business academic [View Here]

Joe Ludwig offers default guarantee for farmer loans (The Australian, 27 May 2013) [View Here]

Stressed WA properties to be put to market (Beef Central, 25 May 2013) [View Here]

$11.75m bid from neighbours secures Brighton Downs (Beef Central, 25 May 2013) [View Here]

QLD graziers gather for cattle crisis meeting (ABC News, 7 May 2013) [View Here]

Drought stalks the land again (The Australian, 4 May 2013) [View Here]

NAPCo reports loss of $5.68m for year, as dry bites (Beef Central, 24 April 2013) [View Here]

Paraway posts $23m loss [View Here]

Regions between theory and reality: Agricultural policy and its impacts in Australia (Rees and McGovern paper) [View Here]

Facing up to the farm income crisis (News Weekly) [View Here]

Australia, drowning in debt (Bigpond Money) [View Here]

Some clouds on the rural landscape (ON LINE opinion - Rees) [View Here]

Northern beerf crisis summit planned for Richmond (Beef Central) [View Here]

Farmers plead for debt help (ABC Radio) [View Here]

Katter, Back set for Merredin (Farm Weekly) [View Here]

Farmer Power Australia Support [View Here]

Subsidies go against the grain [View Here]

Farmers hit by debt, dollar, costs (AFR) [View Here]

Farmers caught in catch-22 (AFR) [View Here]

Agriculture is about playing poker with God (AFR) [View Here]



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