Your say: foreign ownership of agricultural land
A clear majority of Australians want greater restrictions on the foreign ownership of agricultural land. What do you think?
- Land, Water, Food, Shelter - beyond this all issues are really secondary. We baulk at saying there should be less foreign ownership of our land, so we dont sound parochial. But in regional areas where I grew up, you can see what is happening and it is scary. Companies from countries like Brazil and China buy big blocks of land just under the 'reveiwable' price, so the Foreign Investment Reveiw Board doesnt get a say. Australian farmers can't afford the costs of production, and water trading has made the water worth more than the land or the food, so some sell the water rights to someone who on-sells for more, but lets the orchards die and the land go to salt. Wonderful swathes of locally grown peaches, oranges, vegetables, apples are left to rot, in a world with great hunger, and where food security should be of concern. Farmers plant rice crops - and Australian grain growers use some of the best science based, researched and intelligent practices in the world - but mid way through a gorwing cycles, State Water pulls the irrigation water and the crops die - without compensation! Protect our resources, and support our regional communities and farmers to grow our food, and feed the rest of the world too. Give everyone affordable housing, and protect our environment. The Greens and the Farmers are really both custodians and stewards of our future.
- No brainer. Aussies cannot buy land in certain foreign countries - should citizens or governments of those countries wish to become or remain freehold owners of land here they should go reciprocal at the very least! Otherwise transfer it to leasehold and bring on nationalisation! other benefit is that it would probably fix the budget black hole for a bit too.
- The impact of CSG process on the water table beneath the ground surface is, so far, detrimental. The water of the landowners is being poisoned by the recovery process. It makes no sense to let foreign companies make short term money recovering gas by poisoning the water and creating long term food shortages. The majority of this country is barren, go and mine there. Why contaminate the water used to grow our food. Madness. Foreign ownership of Australian land should be reversed and banned completely. Give foreigners and companies leases, accompanied by large security bonds with the money going to raise the standards of the original owners, the so called Aboriginals.