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  1. 23 Jun 17 the round up - John Simpson QRAA and the Farm Debt Mediation framework From 1 July, financial institutions will now be required to engage in a formal mediation process with debt-stressed Queensland farmers before starting any enforcement actions. In this episode, Trent Thorne speaks to John Simpson from the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority on the new Farm Debt Mediation framework.
  2. 17 May 17 FIRB fees - some relief at last Last week’s Federal Budget included a number of announcements relating to the foreign investment rules in Australia and unlike most other changes in the last few years, there is finally some good news, particularly for investors in the agricultural sector.
  3. 28 Apr 17 the round up - Farm Business Debt Mediation Bill In our first podcast, McCullough Robertson's Trent Thorne (Special Counsel) speaks with Sean Birchley (Executive Director of Allegiant FS) who has operated in the banking and finance sector for over 35 years, about the Farm Business Debt Mediation Bill.
  4. 16 Jun 16 Family farm transfer duty concession extended As part of the budget this week, Treasurer Curtis Pitt announced that the Rural Assistance Package will extend the duty concession on transfers of family farms to transactions other than by way of gift.
  5. 11 May 16 Land tax: the things you need to consider when investing in Queensland agricultural land With global food demand booming, investing in Queensland agricultural land is becoming an increasingly attractive option for investors including foreigners. However, investors should be aware of potential land tax ramifications.
  6. 19 Apr 16 Agriculture and Environment Committee releases report on Chain of Responsibility Bill With the increasing likelihood that the Environmental Protection (Chain of Responsibility) Amendment Bill 2016 will take effect – with or without amendment – as early as this week, ‘related persons’ and anyone who may have a ‘relevant connection’ to an environmentally relevant activity will now have exposure to all environmental risk related to that activity.
  7. 20 Nov 15 What does the blocked Kidman and Co sale mean for Australian agribusiness? The Australian government will prohibit the sale of beef producer, S. Kidman and Co Limited, to foreign investors as it would be ‘contrary to the national interest’.
  8. 8 Jul 15 The RoundUp - Winter 2015 Welcome to the winter 2015 edition of the RoundUp. As always, we remain committed to providing you with a deeper insight into topical issues within the agribusiness industry.
  9. 12 Mar 15 The RoundUp - Autumn 2015 Welcome to the 2015 autumn edition of the RoundUp. As always, we remain committed to providing you with a deeper insight into topical issues within the agribusiness industry.
  10. 10 Dec 14 The RoundUp - Summer 2014 Welcome to the 2014 summer edition of the RoundUp. As always, we remain committed to providing you with a deeper insight into topical issues within the agribusiness industry.
  11. 4 Sep 14 The RoundUp - Spring 2014 Welcome to the sixth edition of the RoundUp - the 2014 spring edition. As always, we remain committed to providing you with a deeper insight into topical issues within the agribusiness industry.
  12. 5 Jun 14 The RoundUp - Winter 2014 Welcome to the fifth edition of the RoundUp - the 2014 winter edition. As always, we remain committed to providing you with a deeper insight into topical issues within the agribusiness industry.
  13. 5 Jun 14 Queensland budget - Changes to the family farm duty concession announced As part of the 2014 - 2015 Budget, the Queensland State Government has announced changes to widen the availability of the stamp duty concession for intergenerational transfers of primary production land and business assets.
  14. 4 Mar 14 The RoundUp - Autumn 2014 Welcome to the fourth edition of the RoundUp and a new year. There is a sense that change is in the air and there have certainly been some changes that have impacted the agribusiness sector with further reform coming through later this year.
  15. 2 Sep 13 The RoundUp - Spring 2013 Welcome to the Spring edition of the RoundUp - the third edition of McCullough Robertson’s agribusiness publication. It has been an extremely busy time for our clients and the sector more broadly, with some interesting developments since our last edition.
  16. 23 Jul 13 Queensland Court of Appeal decision throws doubt on safety prosecutions A recent Queensland Court of Appeal decision has clarified the obligations placed on a prosecutor to fully particularise breaches alleged against a defendant to work health and safety prosecutions, confirming the principles established in the High Court’s Kirk decision can be applied to Queensland law.
  17. 19 Jul 13 Act quickly for farm finance assistance Farm businesses are advised to take action now if they hope to receive assistance under the recently announced Australian Government’s Farm Finance scheme.
  18. 27 Jun 13 Senate releases final report on ‘national interest’ test for foreign investment Since July 2011, Australia’s Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport has been examining the application of the ‘national interest test’ to purchases of Australian agricultural land by foreign entities. The Committee was due to report in late 2011 and after several extensions, the much anticipated final report was tabled in the Senate on 26 June 2013. In this must read article, Partner Janelle Moody examines the final report.
  19. 21 Jun 13 Grants to fund innovation in agribusiness closing soon Applications for grants worth up to $1.5 million to encourage innovation in agriculture, fishing, aquaculture and farm forestry industries will close in July. The Innovation Grants are part of the Federal Government’s Caring for our Country initiative.
  20. 9 May 13 Nationalisation of co-operatives law Australian agricultural co-operatives are soon to be aligned under a national scheme which proposes to harmonise all state and territory co-operative laws. With New South Wales acting as host jurisdiction, the agreed deadline for all remaining jurisdictions to adopt the national laws is 18 May 2013. Once implemented, the co-operative laws on corporate governance and accountability will more closely align with laws governing companies.
  21. 22 Apr 13 The RoundUp - Autumn 2013 Welcome to the second edition of The Roundup, McCullough Robertson’s specialised publication designed to keep you informed about legal issues affecting Agribusiness in Australia.
  22. 6 Mar 13 Heavy Vehicle National Law: how it affects the Food and Agribusiness industry New National Heavy Vehicle laws have the potential to affect those involved in the Food and Agribusiness industry. New penalties will be imposed for non compliance, and liability will cover a broader range of people than ever before. As NSW follows QLD in adopting the laws, this Focus considers the obligations under the Act across the various steps in the transportation chain.
  23. 10 Dec 12 Senate releases interim report on FIRB national interest test Interim report making recommendations on taxation of agricultural investments and limitations of the legislative regime has been released - McCullough Robertson Partner, Janelle Moody takes a look at its implications.
  24. 16 Nov 12 The RoundUp - Spring/Summer 2012 The Roundup, is a new publication from the McCullough Robertson Food and Agribusiness team aimed to keep you informed of the legal issues affecting the industry in Australia.
  25. 11 Apr 12 Branding your beef Intellectual property is an extremely valuable asset but its importance in the agricultural industry, particularly for cattle producers, does not always get the attention it deserves. Brett Heading and Sarah North outline the intricacies of this often over-looked issue.
  26. 9 Mar 12 Foreign investment in Australian agriculture - Senate enquiry due to report In response to growing public pressure and media attention, primarily focused on concerns over Australia’s food security, the Federal Government last year established a senate enquiry and commissioned a report on the level of foreign investment in Australia’s agribusiness sector. In particular the enquiry was to review the application of the ‘national interest test’ when screening foreign acquisitions of Australian farm land. The senate enquiry is due to report back this month. In the meantime, we take a look at the impacts of a recently issued policy statement from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB).
  27. 29 Feb 12 ACCC win highlights dangers of misleading food claims The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has successfully prosecuted a prominent chicken producer in relation to the false and misleading use of the term ‘free to roam’. The ACCC is interested in advertising by all food producers and will ensure their advertising and packaging is accurate and does not convey a misleading impression. An expanded range of investigative and enforcement powers of the ACCC make it far easier to put suppliers to proof when it comes to the claims made in respect of their products, and to pursue suspected infringements. McCullough Robertson Partner, Paul McLachlan outlines the decision and its impact in practical terms.
  28. 10 Feb 12 Foreign Investment into Agribusiness: an opportunity for Australia Foreign investment into Australia’s farmland and agricultural businesses has gained a great deal of media attention in recent times.
  29. 7 Dec 11 Carbon farming framework established in Queensland Legislative amendments under the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 (Qld) (WRR Act) came into effect on 1 December 2011. While you wouldn’t know it from its title, the WRR Act has paved the way for landholders in Queensland to participate in the Federal Government’s recently introduced Carbon Farming Initiative.
  30. 26 Aug 11 Senate inquiry into foreign investment in agricultural land and businesses Agribusiness and foreign investment specialists, Diana Lohrisch, Janelle Moody and Duncan Bedford discuss the implications of the Senate Inquiry into foreign investment.
  31. 22 Aug 11 Farmers struggling after live export ban lifted In this video, McCullough Robertson’s agribusiness lawyer, Trent Thorne, talks to Sky Business News about the impact of the live export ban and why more assistance is needed to save jobs and livelihoods.
  32. 5 Aug 11 Impacts from the live export ban and risks to rural communities In this video, McCullough Robertson’s agribusiness lawyer, Trent Thorne, talks to Sky Business News about the impacts of the live export ban and the risks to rural communities.
  33. 14 Jul 11 Foreign investment - should farming land be subject to stricter control? Recent land acquisitions by foreign-owned companies have shone the spotlight on an issue of growing concern to some in the food and agribusiness sector.
  34. 28 Jun 11 Indonesia live cattle export ban Australian cattle producers hit hard by the ban on live cattle exports to Indonesia could face further pain from damages claims over breach of contract, McCullough Robertson's David Downie tells Sky News Business TV in this interview.
  35. 16 Jun 11 Ban on live exports a force majeure event? The entire cattle production supply chain could be hit hard by the ban on live exports to Indonesia. Businesses from pastoralists to transporters could face further pain as they are potentially up for claims for damages flowing from breach of contract.
  36. 7 Feb 11 Major changes to Queensland land rich duty - timing is critical The DEEDI has proposed changes to the framework for overlapping coal and coal seam gas tenements in the draft Mines and Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 (Qld) and consultation paper released last week.
  37. 25 Jan 11 Federal Government carbon initiative - submissions on consultation paper by early February One of the legislative changes currently being considered by the Federal Government is the carbon farming initiative. A consultation paper was released for public comment. Our lead lawyers in food and agribusiness, Diana Lohrisch and Climate Change expert, Tim Hanmore, discuss the initiative.

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