Workable solution needed for NSW border closure

Families and businesses on the Victoria-New South Wales border are crying out for a solution to strict border closures that are causing chaos and confusion and making it impossible to go about daily life. Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh said constant changes to the NSW Government’s permit system aren’t workable for farmers, families and…

Special agriculture permits a positive step forward

Victorian farmers who own land in NSW, shearers, harvest contractors and beekeepers will be able to move into NSW without having to quarantine or go via Sydney under a new permit announced today. The NSW Government has announced a ‘Highly Specialised Agriculture Permit’ which will allow exempted Victorian agriculture workers who live within 100km of…

Urgent solution needed on seasonal worker border ban

An urgent solution is needed to resolve a ban on seasonal workers crossing into and out of Victoria from midnight tonight. The ban is part of strict new border controls and has left Victoria’s horticulture sector concerned about the supply of labour for the future. Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh wrote to Victorian Agriculture…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor, Daniel Andrews has turned his back on Victorian producers. China’s unjustified decision to impose an 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley threatens Victorian jobs and our state’s economy. It clearly shows the cracks in Daniel Andrews’ secret Belt and Road deal with Beijing. Victorian farmers are being smashed by Chinese government imposed…

Agriculture Minister all bark and no bite on timber jobs

Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes has again refused to fight for jobs in Victoria’s timber communities – including those in her own electorate of Northern Victoria. Federal Labor has slammed the Andrews Government’s plan to ban Victoria’s native timber industry by 2030, with Senator Raff Ciccone telling Parliament this week: “Every single one of these jobs…

Labor waives the white flag on wild dog control

The Andrews Labor Government’s decision not to renew the Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee decimates years of hard work to protect livestock against vicious wild dog attacks. The Committee was recently notified it will be disbanded when the current term ends in June 2020. Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes says she will instead be seeking ‘bespoke…