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Year in review 2016-2017, Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association



Year in review 2016-2017, Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association


Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association yearbook; Reports; PublicationNT




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NFF Report was in development for six months with a group of employees and no employer representation or involvement. There are already apps available for recording hours worked. Agricultural employers were not aware of the app until the NFF was made aware of its existence. at which time the NFF immediately requested more information about the apps functions and role. National Farmers Federation (NFF) Chief Executive Tony Mahar said it was concerning the FWO, through the development of this app, was pitting workers against their bosses and effectively questioning the integrity of all Australian employers. One of the FWOs primary functions is to promote harmonious and cooperative workplace relations. Encouraging employees to spy on their bosses and email confidential information, electronic records and photos to the union or the Ombudsman is hardly consistent with this function. NFF has called on Employment Minister Cash to intervene and ask the FWO to withdraw the app immediately pending urgent consultation with the business community. Australian Farmers Fighting Fund (AFFF) Live Export Case Update The Ministers evidence was filed on 26 August 2016 and AFFF Trustees sought advice from QC Noel Hutley on prospects of success in the case. The matter is listed for hearing for two weeks in July 2017. No moves have yet been made on either side to settle the matter now that all the evidence is in, mediation is likely to occur as part of the pre-trial process. In the meantime, claimants have been asked to sign an AFFF funding agreement, committing them to a contribution to the AFFF of 10% of damages received in the case (after costs are paid) in return for ongoing financial assistance. This case is the most expensive that AFFF has ever run and opinion is that the only way it will be resolved at the July hearings is if we lose. i.e. The government will take it all the way to the high court if they lose. Marland Mushrooms v Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) The FWO is running a test case on piece rates in the horticulture industry, as well as on who is a casual employee and accessorial liability (holding persons liable for Fair Work Act breaches even though they are not directly implicated). The NFF has flagged its intention to intervene in this case with the other parties, including the FWO, Marland Mushrooms and the labour hire company at the heart of the dispute. This is subject to the case proceeding after mediation. Concerningly, a settlement reached during mediation could be enough for the FWO to claim a precedent on horticulture industry piece rates. Drones Litigation The Wilderness Society recently ran a crowd funding campaign to purchase three drones, which they plan to fly over farm land and capture images for use in social media campaigns against agricultural land clearing in QLD, NSW and WA. Through the AFFF, the NFF is looking into the lawful use of third party drones over private property, and any aspects of the law that need to change to protect landholder privacy. Trade There are a number of live issues on the trade agenda despite the withdrawal of the uSA from the Trans Pacific Partnership. The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties recently reported on the TPP and recommended that the Government should ratify the agreement. NFF has continued to support the governments efforts in this regard although it seems unlikely that it will pass parliament. Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IACEPA) Indonesia (IA-CEPA) Minister Ciobo and his Indonesian counterpart Enggartiasto Lukita have reaffirmed both nations commitment to concluding IACEPA negotiations soon and an agreement could be finalised by the end of 2017. Recent trade tensions have eased somewhat with changes to weight limits on live feeder cattle exports, a reduction in Indonesian sugar tariffs and Australian pesticide and herbicide tariffs. This was welcomed by the respective sectors and is a good sign for future opportunities under IA-CEPA. European Union - Free Trade Agreement (EU-FTA) The scoping study for the Eu-FTA should be completed by the end of the year. Little progress has been made throughout the course of 2016 as the British exit from the Eu (Brexit) has taken attention away from Australian-Eu agreement. A potential UK Free trade agreement is likely to be a long way off. NFF has also been active in the area of non-tariff trade barriers. This is of particular relevance to the full implementation of the ChAFTA. Political The current state of the Federal Parliament makes it even more important to have a well-resourced and functional NFF. The backpacker tax debate at the end of 2016 was an example of how political self-interest and some would say bastardry, can get in the way of what, from the outside, looks like a straightforward solution. NFF staff 22 NTCA YEAR IN REVIEW 2016/17

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