Policy Columns

How has this taken so long?
June 29, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard In breaking news, following today’s National Cabinet meeting Prime Minister Morrison and state and territory premiers…

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Reading the Queensland budget tea leaves
June 14, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard The mere mention of a budget, whether it’s for a family, a business, a state or…

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Realising our potential requires short term support
June 8, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard This week Brisbane plays host to Hort Connections, the largest annual gathering of the Australian horticulture…

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Priming the pump with export growth
May 31, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard Horticulture is a perpetual motion machine. Inputs and energy are added at one end, resulting in…

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Eat more veg while you wait for a vaccine
May 25, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard Research has proven a varied diet with lots of high-fibre foods can help boost gut health and prevent against disease. This…

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Morrison Government backs Fair Farms
May 17, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard Growcom welcomed last week’s Federal Budget announcement of a further $3.6 million over four years to…

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Hort360 Reef Certification program gaining momentum  
May 11, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard For over a decade, Growcom has been working with growers living on the doorstep of the…

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Move over Beef 2021, the horticulture industry is coming to town
May 4, 2021

By Growcom CEO, Stephen Barnard The major event on everyone’s lips this week will most likely be Beef 2021. A regular…

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Hard to argue with piece rates
April 27, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard The only reason why many of us in our jobs, mine included, continue to get paid…

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Putting a price on Queensland horticulture
April 19, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard We’ve heard Federal Treasurer Frydenberg and Deputy Prime Minister McCormack state repeatedly that nationwide economic interventions…

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We can’t afford to be the frog waiting to boil
April 12, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard There’s an urban legend that says if a frog is put in tepid water which is…

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New campaign encourages Australians to gap year in their own backyard
April 5, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard Finding the right people at the right time and place to keep businesses running has always…

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