President’s Message

          Professor Quentin Grafton of the Australian National University was elected as the 2017 AARES President at the Society’s recent Annual General Meeting in Brisbane.  Quentin’s main priorities will be to oversee the implementation of the Strategic Plan, including the change of the Society’s name to the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.  

 

Quentin Grafton is Professor of Economics, Chairholder UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance and Director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy (CWEEP) at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and previously served as Chief Economist and Foundation Executive Director of the Australian Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (2011-2013). He currently serves as the Director of the Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE2W) Network which he helped found in 2014, and is the Editor in Chief of Policy Forum.net and Executive Editor of the Global Water Forum which he established in 2010.

AARES News

Central Office is now managed by Association Executive Services (AES) at 111 Old Warrandyte Road, Donvale Vic 3111. The postal address is PO Box 1371, Mitcham North 3132. The new mobile phone number is 0499 754 660 (Usually attended during business hours only). The office@aares.org.au email address continues and is now answered by David Cundy of AES.  


ACT Branch

Upcoming Seminar: ‘Estimating price elasticities of demand for food in Australia: Implications for GST reform’, Dr Syed Hasan

When: Tuesday 29th August, 5:30pm for a 6pm start presentation
Where: Forrest Room, Fellows Bar & Cafe, University House, 1 Balmain Crescent, Acton
Cost:
This event is free for AARES members and $10 on the night for non-members. Membership is available here
RSVP: Eventbrite


Abstract: In this seminar, Syed Hasan will introduce ongoing research on estimating the price elasticities of food products in Australia. The research uses detailed information about household supermarket purchases from the Australian Nielsen Homescan Survey. The elasticity estimates are used to examine GST reform options for food products. The findings reveal that there is considerable scope for raising revenue by increasing the GST rate and broadening its base to include food. It is feasible for low-income households to be compensated to ensure they are not on average adversely affected. The research on which this seminar is based has recently been featured in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Bio: Dr Syed Hasan is a researcher at the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU. He received his PhD from ANU in 2014 and previously held appointments at the Bangladesh Planning Commission and the Ministry of Finance of Bangladesh. He has published in journals including the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Agricultural Economics, Energy Economics, and Economic Record.

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Environmental Economics

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to research, teaching, and policy development in the domain of environmental economics.

In this role, you will participate in a work program focused on the economic assessment of freshwater policy at regional and national level. Funded by both the University of Waikato and the Ministry for the Environment, this position reflects the common interest of both agencies in achieving excellence in the economic analysis of freshwater policy in New Zealand.

The appointee will be required to conduct research in the modelling of agricultural, economic, and environmental systems. This will involve working in multi-disciplinary teams to provide evidence and information to support decision making in relation to the use of New Zealand land and freshwater resources. Teaching commitments will involve the delivery of at least one paper per annum.

You will have an advanced qualification in the modelling and analysis of integrated biophysical and economic systems. You will have broad experience in the development and application of economic models to environmental problems, preferably including water quality. An ability to lecture to large numbers of students and conduct small-group seminars and tutorials is also essential.

The level of appointment will be dependent on qualifications, skills, and experience.

Fixed-term until 28 June 2019.

Closing date: Friday, 15 September 2017 (NZ time).

Vacancy number: 370276

For more information and to apply, visit www.jobs.waikato.ac.nz




Important Dates


On-farm Grain Storage Advice (AgQuip Gunnedah)

22 August - 24 August 2017
TBC (please contact event organiser for more details)

Philip Burrill will be on site to take questions and provide advice on all things grain storage.

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Narrabri Field Day 2017 (Narrabri)

13 September 2017
12:30pm - 5:30pm

Productivity in a variable environment. See the latest grain crop research to assist growers and advisors with increasing productivity in our highly variable climate.

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Quality Grain Storage (West Wyalong)

4 October 2017
9:00am - 2:00pm AEDT

Peter Botta will be presenting and taking questions on a range of grain storage issues.

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19th NSW Weeds Conference (Armidale)

16 October - 19 October 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm AEDT

The Conference is a unique opportunity for the State’s weeds professionals and related industry representatives, researchers, market and industry analysts, government officials and policy makers to showcase their work, network ideas and share in a vision for the future of the weeds industry.

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19-20 October 2017
2017 NZARES Conference
Rotorua, New Zealand

Quality Grain Storage (Urana)

4 November 2017
TBC (please contact event organiser for more details)

Peter Botta will be presenting and taking questions on a range of grain storage issues.

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6 - 9 February 2018
AARES Annual Conference
Adelaide, SA

GRDC Grains Research Update (Wagga Wagga)

13 February - 14 February 2018
9:00am - 5:00pm AEDT

This Grains Research Update will provide agronomists, consultants, researchers and growers with a forum to showcase innovative thinking and the latest research outcomes relevant to the local region.

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GRDC Grains Research Update (Dubbo)

27 February - 28 February 2018
10:00am - 3:00pm AEDT

Invest in yourself and come to the two-day Dubbo GRDC Grains Research Update at the Dubbo RSL on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th of February, 2018. Discuss with industry specialists the latest ‘farm ready’ research on issues critical to grain production enterprises in the central western NSW region. Put the dates in the diary, more information will be available here closer to the event.

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GRDC Grains Research Update (Goondiwindi QLD)

6 March - 7 March 2018
10:00am - 3:00pm

Invest in yourself and come to the two-day Goondiwindi GRDC Grains Research Update at the Community Centre on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th of March, 2018. Discuss with industry specialists the latest ‘farm ready’ research on issues critical to grain production enterprises in the Northern region. Put the dates in the diary, more information will be available here closer to the event.

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28 July – 2 August 2018
International Conference of Agricultural Economists
International Association of Agricultural Economics
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada