ONE YEAR OF THE ABBOTT GOVERNMENT: AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY ARE STILL WAITING FOR ADDITIONAL R&D FUNDING

Tony Abbott went to Australian voters with a promise to invest $100 million in additional funding for Rural Research and Development Corporations.

One year on and the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors are still waiting to see the funding the Abbott Government promised.

Prior to the election the then Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, John Cobb said –

“The Coalition will increase the Federal contribution to the fifteen Rural Research and Development Corporations, by directly committing $100 million towards increasing the profitability of Australian agriculture.”

MEDIA RELEASE – 28 AUGUST 2013

Yet to date not one extra cent has flowed on to Rural Research and Development Corporations.

When questioned, Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce promised that the process to apply for this funding would be available early in this financial year. 

However, three months on and neither the guidelines nor the application process for the funding are available on the Minister’s website.

What we do know is that the Abbott Government has cut $11 million from the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation announced in the Budget.

For more information about the broken promises and lies of the Abbott Government’s first year in office, go to www.abbottslies.com.au

SUNDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER 2014


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