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The concept has merit, but not before an overhaul of the FIRB ivestment levels for ownership of farmland by foreign nationals and organisations. Opening up farmland where Chinese will soon own the land, and most likely be farming it with foreign labour. The foreign owners will own the produce, and ship it to their homeland companies for distribution inside China. No sale, or at best a nominal sale to satisfy the current export legislation requirements. End result...... Australian produce landed at cost in China, which will then be in direct competition to home grown Australian farmers operating in the same market. No prizes for guessing who the winners would be that contest. Fast forward a couple of years to where the current Ord valley or similar farmer is now unviable because of inability to compete in the market mentioned above. Unviable norther Australian farmers sell out to highest bidder, and that would be the farmer landing and selling his produce at cost in Beijing. Summary... Not a good plan, and definately not without some major overhauls of FIRB policy. A better plan is how to restrict anything that would cut the returns to the current farmers, such as the proposed foodbowl plan, and provide incentive for the locals to produce for an ever more hungry market. Economics 101, day 1 = supply and demand curve. The demand is going up. When it goes up sufficiently, the local farmers will meet the demand. No one denies the ability of the land to produce. A thought on the origin of the China Foodbowl in the North idea would probably point to China first, and a well intentioned Canberra based nitwit second. Certainly not from anyone currently farming or owning a domestic agri-business. Rethink this. Who do you want to benefit most? The plan is simply about giving away farmland, and most probably because the goverment of Australia don't want to build a dam or 3, and all to the detriment of the local industry. I say NO.

Julia Gillard needs to be reminded again that she doesn't speak for the community engaged in the mining industry, and she doesn't own the Prime Minister's job... we do

I agree with Glenn White. When is this Labor Government, pretending to look after our own workers, yet allowing foreign imports to work in the W A mines, waking up!! Surely assisting our own farmers producing exportable produce at a compatible cost will make more sense than selling the land to foreigners, who will then bring in their own countrymen to work it. They will derive the income in their own country in such a way our Government can not tax them. Make no mistake, these people are smarter than all of our Government ministers put together. We will not only lose the land, but revenue from it as well. 99 YEAR Leasehold restrictions and employment rules should be applied at least. No foreign workers!!! THINK OF OUR OWN VERY CAPABLE- AND INNOVATIVE FARMERS FIRST AND FOREMOST!!! They do not need foreigners, to show them how to produce the best and most.

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