Punching above our weight

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Punching above our weight

Highlighting what’s wrong about Australia - like debt, red-tape and productivity - is the easy part of the job at the MRC. The harder and more important task is to show how we can make the country better, says Nick Cater.

On Australia Day - properly celebrated on January 26 in our opinion - it’s time to celebrate what’s great about Australia and to honour Aussie champions, like our farmers and our one-day cricketers.

When will they make agricultural exporting an Olympic sport?

Australia has more world-class farmers per-capita than any other nation. And they achieve that despite our challenging climate, limited water and vulnerability to hostile interventions by our competitor’s governments. The results don’t lie:

Beef
Gold:  Australia (13.5% of total exported beef)
Silver: United States (12.7%)
Bronze: Brazil (10.6%)
(Uruguay and Argentina, those so-called beef giants, came 9th and 14th.)

Barley
Gold: Australia (4800MT)
Silver: Russia (4800 MT)
Bronze: Ukraine (4600MT)

Sugar
Gold: Brazil (29,600 MT)
Silver: Thailand (8600 MT)
Bronze: Australia (3700 MT)

Cotton
Gold: United States (14,500 MT)
Silver: India (4600 MT)
Bronze: Australia (4100 MT)

Oats
Gold: Canada (1800 MT)
Silver: Australia (250 MT)
Bronze: Ukraine: (50 MT)

Almonds
Gold: United States (675,000 MT)
Silver: Australia (60,000 MT)
Bronze: Turkey (8000 MT)

Butter
Gold: New Zealand (582 MT)
Silver: Belarus (70 MT)
Bronze: Australia (35 MT)

Milk Powder
Gold: New Zealand (1356)
Silver: Argentina (80 MT)
Bronze: Australia (55 MT)

Wool
Gold: Australia ($3 billion)
Silver: New Zealand
Bronze: Uruguay

 Let’s have a quick look at the medal tally:

  Gold Silver Bronze Total
Australia 3 2 4 9
US 2 1 0 3
NZ 2 1 0 3
Brazil 1 0 1 2
Canada 1 0 0 1
Russia 0 1 0 1
Ukraine 0 0 2 2
India 0 1 0 1
Turkey 0 0 1 1
Uruguay 0 0 1 1
Thailand 0 1 0 1
Belarus 0 1 0 1
Argentina 0 1 0 1

So there your have it. Australia is the clear winner. We should note that the 27 countries in the EU were disqualified for cheating, having tried to enter as one team.

 And in accordance with the established protocol of Australian sports coverage, any event in which Australia fails to make the podium doesn’t count.

[http://www.worldstopexports.com/top-beef-exporting-countries/]

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