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NMinister Joe Ludwig is no stranger to
rural life -- he has kicked around shear-
ing sheds, cane fields and dairy farms.
However, his first-hand experience with
fruit and vegetable production may need
Elected to the Senate for Queensland in
1998, Senator Ludwig is a barrister and a
former union man who spent considerable
time in various rural industries as an indus-
trial inspector with the Australian Workers
Union throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
He said that, as was the case with his
industrial work in those days, the best con-
sultation was always on farms and in the
paddocks, and that's how he'll be r unning
his new portfolio.
Senator Ludwig previously ser ved as
State in the first term of the Labor
And while still getting familiar with specific
policies, his overriding priority would be to
provide farmers with the support and tools
they need to stay productive and competitive.
Despite no new money on the table for agri-
culture in Labor's pre-election policy statement,
his main focus in the agriculture portfolio
would be increasing productivity and improv-
ing research and development investment.
He also wants to pursue the reforms under-
way in the areas of drought and quarantine.
Senator Ludwig said the Government was
committed to tackling bigger issues like
agricultural competitiveness, and working in
the areas of trade, water, the environment,
climate change and regional development.
"We are here to support rural industries,
and I will have an open door to ensure we
do just that," he said.
While Senator Ludwig might not be well
known to many in the farming community, he
was born in Longreach in Central Queensland
and spent much of his rural life in some of that
State's heartland country towns, Cunnamulla
and Roma, as well as a stint at Boonah.
Senator Ludwig said he saw his appoint-
ment to the portfolio as "a privilege".
"The Gillard Labor Government is com-
mitted to securing the future of our rural
and regional communities," he said.
"It is a great privilege to be selected by the
Prime Minister to represent Australians
working in the agricultural, fishing and
"As an industrial advocate, I worked close-
ly with the agricultural, wool, sugar and
farming industries and travelled extensively
throughout regional Queensland.
"These industries create much-needed
jobs for regional communities, and I will
work hard to make sure the agricultural,
fishing and forestry sectors are well posi-
tioned to deal with the economic and inter-
national pressures of the future."
Senator Ludwig, who is a strong advocate of
consultation, said he was looking for ward to
working closely with industry representatives,
including those from the National Farmers
Federation, Australian Landcare Council and
Australian Food and Grocery Council.
National Farmers Federation president
David Crombie cut straight to business in
one of his first addresses to Mr Ludwig, say-
ing he will need to head off savage cuts to
rural research and development.
"The Government needs to realise that
research and knowledge developed in
Australia directly feeds tens of millions of
people every day, and technical knowledge
developed here is then often transferred to
developing countries to address food securi-
ty issues," Mr Crombie said.
"Failing to invest in Australian research
cuts our industries out of productivity gains,
it reduces our output and places our exports
at a competitive disadvantage."
Federal Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry minister, Joe Ludwig.
Joe now top man
National olive oil awards show
THE 14th National Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Awards were announced in Adelaide on October
15, with producers gathering from across the
The industry dinner was held in conjunction
with the Australian Olive Association's National
Olive Expo, which was also held in Adelaide over
the same weekend.
There were more than 200 entries in what is
the industry's biggest competition of the year.
The entries were judged over two days by 26
olive experts, and 13 awards were received.
South Australia claimed victory in class one
(single estate grown, minimum 200 litres) with
Dalia & Zvi Sela from Macaw Creek Olive Oil,
Riverton, SA, taking out the prize with their Picual
Richard Whiting from Coralee Olives,
Coonalypn. also came up trumps winning class
four (non packaged minimum 200l) with his
Best Oil of Show went to Jos and Kathy
Weernaes from Gooramadda Olives in North East
Victoria. They received the honor for their Hardy's
Mammoth Blend. This is the second time they
have won the prestigious award, also taking the
main prize in 2006.
Chief Judge, Richard Gawel complimented the
growers on the overall high standard of entries.
"This was probably the most difficult growing
season that I can recall. Scorching heat followed
by rain just prior to harvest made it difficult for
many growers, and given these difficulties, the
best oils showed an outstanding level of olive
fruit and freshness. They were just lovely,
dynamic oils," he said.
Olive Grove of
Jill Barson with
Oil Show Chief
Vanessa Healey, Leandro Ravetti,
Claudia Guillaume -- Modern Olives
Dalia and Zvi Sela, Macaw Creek Olive
Oil, Best of Class 1, with Leon Atsalis,
Graeme and Carolyn Elliot, Hillside Olives
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