G'day All Recent movements within the Australian political spectrum have prompted me to write about a few observations on the topic of 'food security': Independent parliamentarians, Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor, have co-signed an 'agreement' with the Gillard government that seeks, among other things, to strengthen a pre-existing commitment to produce a National Food Plan (see: Annex B, Sec. 4.5, p. 26). The brief for the existing National Food Plan focuses on the following: domestic and international food security; issues which affect food affordability; the sustainability of our food systems, right along the value chain; the productivity and efficiency of the value chain to improve global competitiveness; how to streamline business regulations; and, ensure there are appropriate economic, taxation, labour market and education policy settings for a robust food production system from farmers through the whole chain. The Food Plan will begin by bringing farmers, manufacturers and processors, distribution and logistics companies, retail and food service companies, and the expertise of our agricultural and food scientists together to develop a strategy to maximize food production opportunities. The development of the above plan sits within the Regional Food Producers Innovation and Productivity Program (RFPIPP), a division of the Dept. of Ag. Fisheries and Forestry. The RFPIPP provides 'matched funding' grants from time-to-time, anything from $50,000 to $2-million. This may be a good way for established permie enterprises to step-up to the next level? With regards to permaculture food production, the nearest the RFPIPP gets to us, is with the provision of a webpage that is mainly concerned with 'labeling and standards' of organic and biodynamic food production. However. this may be a good starting point for those that are interested in what the Feds think about our (organic/biodynamic) food production/distribution methods. Reading from the above prompted me to conduct a search on the term 'permaculture' at the Australian government web portal. The search returned 341 'fully matched' results. This prompted me to conduct a search of all parliamentary documents (House of Reps, Senate, Committees, and Bills/Legislation) on the term 'permaculture'. This search revealed 117 results. At some stage, I will scan the above with a view to providing a summery. In the meantime, feel free to have a look for yourselves and provide comment as you see fit. If we must work with the current system, then let's make it work for us. Let's help keep 'the bastards honest'! Cheerio, Markos.