Government Turns Its Back On Agriculture Industry

Government Turns Its Back On Agriculture Industry

Tasmania Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Jeremy Rockliff

Work Starts On Sassafras Wesley Vale Irrigation Scheme 12 Months Behind Schedule

Victor P Taffa

A Food Bowl full of imported Food and an Irrigation Project that is more than 12 months behind schedule have strengthened the call for the State Government to adopt the Tasmanian Liberals’ local benefit test.

“With work on the Sassafras Wesley Vale Irrigation Scheme finally to start eight months after the scheme was meant to be providing water to farmers, it comes as no surprise that the state’s farmers are struggling.” Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Jeremy Rockliff said today.

“On top of this, just yesterday we saw the Government itself deal a massive blow to our egg industry by awarding the tender for supply of eggs to our hospitals to interstate egg producers.”

“The proposed local benefit test, announced in October, would see the implementation of a number of measures that would highlight the benefits to the local economy as part of determining the “best price”.” Mr. Rockliff said.

“With an economy that is possibly headed for recession, and a primary industries sector that is clearly struggling, Premier David Bartlett and his Labor-Green Government need to invest in measures that will strengthen the Tasmanian economy, rather than foster the delay and inaction that we are continuing to see.”

“The only thing that is stopping the implementation of a local benefit test is the lack of leadership from this Labor-Green Government.” Mr. Rockliff said.

“It beggars belief that David Bartlett can continue to sit back and harp on making Tasmania the food bowl of the nation at a time when imports of food into Tasmania are at a record high.” Mr. Rockliff said.