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Earlier this year, the Department of Agriculture received a $127 million bailout from the government to meet its financial obligations.

Mr. Fennessy, who took up the position of Secretary General in September this year, told the hearing that the Department of Agriculture was in the process of developing a balanced budget for the year.

“We are in a much better financial position for the 2023/24 financial year,” he said in his first statement to the Senate Rural, Regional and Transportation Committee on Tuesday.

“My primary focus is on the financial sustainability of the sector.”

Internal budgets have been allocated and all departments are managing their resources to ensure they stay within budget,” Mr. Fennessy said.

Adam Fennessy, the new secretary general of the Australian Department of Agriculture, told a Senate Estimates hearing that his main concern is the financial sustainability of the department.

The Senate hearing heard that a portion of the $127 million bailout was used to address biosecurity threats.

Agriculture Minister Murray Watt said the Department had saved $80 million in the current financial year.

Senator Watt says a biosecurity tax on importers has helped shore up the Department of Agriculture’s finances.

The Minister was also asked to comment on a “strongly condemned” survey released by the National Farmers Federation of Australia (NFF) in October.

About three-quarters of the 1,600 respondents said they were very concerned or concerned about all 15 issues.

Reducing red tape for farmers and failing to protect arable land were two areas where farmers felt the government was not doing enough.

Nearly half of respondents said there was insufficient investment in rural infrastructure.

It doesn’t surprise me that farmers or their trade organizations agree with some of the government’s practices and disagree with others,” Senator Watt said.

When asked what changes would be made as a result of the inquiry, the Minister said work to improve the industry had already begun.

We are already taking action,” Senator Watt said.

Australian National Party Senator Bridget McKenzie told the hearing that the Fair Work Amendment Act would reduce farm profits and farmers would not be able to employ staff.

Sen. McKenzie said, “The advice we’ve gotten from the agricultural industry is that once this bill becomes law, there will be less agricultural production across the country.”

But Senator Watt says some of the information about the new law is misleading.

He says, “Some of the claims made by the National Farm Federation that these laws will affect farmers are inaccurate.

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