Evidence matters: 15 years of farm policy

Richard Heath - Executive Director, Australian Farm Institute

Discussion about Australian agriculture seems more emotionally charged right now than at any time in recent history. Whether it be response to drought, climate change action, the future of animal agriculture or a host of other issues, informed and rational debate is often replaced by hostile tribes yelling at each other with no interest in exploring a middle ground. The provision of evidence to inform rational debate about agricultural policy is why the AFI exists. In this post-truth politics era, delivering evidence-based policy research to a receptive audience can be a challenge, yet the purpose of the AFI is in...

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