Putting competition policy into words

Grain Central, August 11, 2017

THERE are only four weeks left to enter the John Ralph Essay Competition run by the Australian Farm Institute.

Participants in the competition are required to prepare an essay on the topic: ‘Structural changes in the Australian agriculture sector over the past two decades have thwarted the objectives of competition reforms’.

Competition policy has had far reaching effects on Australian agriculture.

Essays must be no more than 4000 words in length, and can argue for or against the above proposition.

In either case, the essay must contain factual information in support of the argument being advanced, and be properly referenced.

Where appropriate, the essays should also discuss proposed policy changes that the authors believe should be implemented to address the issues raised.

There are two categories – Open or Novice (25 years of age or under)

Prizes: Open – $5000 cash prize; and Novice – $1000 cash prize.

Winning entries will be published in the Summer 2017 edition of the Farm Policy Journal and receive:

  • One year’s membership of the Australian Farm Institute
  • Complimentary attendance at the Australian Agriculture Roundtable Conference in November

The Australian Farm Institute established the John Ralph Essay Competition to stimulate discussion and debate on topics relevant to the agriculture sector, and to encourage the wider community to engage in issues strategically important to the future of the sector.

To register, email Sally Beech, Publications Officer – [email protected] to indicate your intention to enter. 

Entries close 5pm on Monday, 4 September 2017.

For more details on what to include in your essay and to enter, visit 

Source: Australian Farm Institute


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