Pulling the cotton over your eyes

Submission to NSW Legislative Council inquiry into floodplain harvesting
by Kate McBride and Rod Campbell

The current level of floodplain harvesting is inconsistent with legislation. Reducing the practice to lawful levels could be done with minimal economic impact due to the export-oriented and capital-intensive nature of cotton production. Even in cotton producing regions, cotton accounts for less than 5% of jobs. Despite a reputation for high profits, major cotton producers rarely pay tax according to Australian Tax Office data.

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