1 Cobb, J 2012, ABARE Foreign Ownership Report a Whitewash, media release by the Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, John Cobb,18 January 2012.
 
2 The Bill originally proposed a threshold of five hectares in line with New Zealand legislation but was later amended in response to criticism that Australia and New Zealand had significant differences in agricultural land use and carrying capacity.
 
3 Ludwig, J. 2010, Government begins work on Australia's first National Food Plan, media release by Senator Joe Ludwig, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, 1 December 2010.
 
4 Ludwig, J. 2011, Next steps for Australia's first National Food Plan, media release by Senator Joe Ludwig, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, 27 October 2011.
 
5 In February 2011, the Australian Government agreed to extend this higher threshold to New Zealand investors.
 
6 Senate Economics Legislation Committee 2011, Foreign Acquisitions Amendment (Agricultural Land) Bill 2010, p51.
 
7 ABARES 2011, Foreign investment and Australian agriculture, p47.
 
8 Ibid., p48.
 
9 Cobb, J op. cit.
 
 

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