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Country Hour for Tuesday 11 July, 2017

Country Hour for Tuesday 11 July, 2017



Today on the Country Hour: we ask the question, is the 417 visa program broken? Last night the ABC's Australian Story, told the personal story of the tragic murder of two British backpackers last year. The program, Long Way From Home, portrayed a darker side of the farm worker visa system with calls for an overhaul of the scheme. The ABS reported a 38 per cent increase in avocado production in 2015-16 and now Australia's largest fruit and vegetable company, the Costa Group, wants a piece of the action having just bought a share of a major avocado operation in FNQ. About 450 residents of Oakey on the Darling Downs are joining forces to launch a class action in the Federal Court. They say a toxic firefighting foam has contaminated bores and soil around the local Aviation Base. Sorghum growers in southern Queensland and NSW have launched a class action against the Advanta Seed Company claiming they were sold contaminated seed. Far north Queensland is set to be home to the world's largest