Farmers lobby loses farmers by wooing multinationals

The National Farmers Federation is proceeding with plans to make international agribusiness companies paid up members of the lobby group. The invitation to the national conference in Brisbane this June, overtly invites representatives of agribusiness to attend, subtly reminding working farmers of the plan mooted last October to allow agribusinesses to be affiliate members with 40 percent voting rights. The South Australian and West Australian farmers federations have left the national body and raised concerns about the conflict of interest between farmers and international corporations.

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