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Welfare Benefits: the changing face of the Queensland beef industry


  • Rolfe, John
  • Donaghy, Peter


Australian agriculture has suffered from a long-term decline in its terms of trade and a persistent cost-price squeeze. The effects on farm viability have led to declining and aging rural populations, rising rural unemployment, and substantial agricultural restructuring. To cushion these effects and assist in rural restructuring Australian State and Federal Governments have provided support to primary producers including drought aid, reconstruction aid and other support mechanisms. In Queensland the principle agency responsible for providing this support is the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority (QRAA). This paper will examine the recent pattern of support QRAA has provided the Queensland beef industry and comment on its effectiveness and flow-on effects.

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  • Rolfe, John & Donaghy, Peter, 2000. "Welfare Benefits: the changing face of the Queensland beef industry," 2000 Conference (44th), January 23-25, 2000, Sydney, Australia 123631, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aare00:123631

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