Regional and Rural Victoria Right to Farm

Letter to the Editor - Labor drags out review of farmer land rights

Tuesday 30 August 2016


Dear Editor,


In the past 18 months there have been too many cases of Victorian farmers battling red tape and planning laws threatening to unfairly drive them off their property and out of business.


Victoria’s agricultural industries are a major source of economic growth for our state, but Labor is dragging its feet on promised right to farm reforms, leaving our farmers with no certainty to plan for their future.


At the last sitting of parliament, Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford could not explain a nine-month delay to these reforms.


Ms Pulford claimed the Government was committed to ‘working through the issue quickly’, but 37 recommendations handed to the Andrews Labor Government several months ago by the investigating Animal Industries Advisory Committee remain secret.


It is not good enough that this Melbourne-centric Labor Government have left farmers in the lurch.


Daniel Andrews, Jaala Pulford and Labor must deliver on their promise to Victorian farmers, who are an important contributor to Victoria’s economy.


Yours sincerely,


Peter Walsh

Leader of The Nationals

Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Water

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