With farmers and sugar millers facing financial ruin, the Australian Government is pursuing India over export subsidies that have led to a plunge in global sugar prices.
Maverick Kennedy MP Bob Katter has leveraged support from the Morrison Government for huge irrigation schemes in his electorate.
Farmers are hoping Scott Morrison's first overseas trip as Prime Minister will bring with it a free trade agreement with Indonesia.
Sugar production uses a lot of energy and waste but a by-product known as bagasse could offer feed for livestock, a business add-on and reduction on energy costs and pollution
Australian doctors say a commitment from the soft drink industry to reduce its sugar use by 20 per cent by 2025 is a distraction from health bodies' calls for a sugar tax.
Coca-Cola is aiming for a 10 per cent reduction in sugar across their range by 2020. But a single can of reduced sugar Coke still contains almost 40 per cent of your recommended daily intake, plus these drinks remain a "dental disaster", writes Rosemary Stanton.
Twenty-eight countries have a sugar tax but powerful interests are standing between Australia and a healthier future in the face of an obesity epidemic, public health advocates say.
Far north Queensland could soon be home to the world's largest crop of the plant used to make tequila, but rather than putting fire in bellies, it will be used to help fuel a green energy initiative.