Tasmania Shadow Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff
Farmers And Regional Areas Let Down By Govt’s Lack Of Support
Victor P Taffa
Instead of supporting Tasmanian farmers, the Green-Labor Government has delivered a budget that is nothing more than re-announcements and cost slugs and highlights the fact that the Government does not care about farmers, according to Shadow Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff.
“At a time when exotic pest and disease incursions are spiralling and the threat of an outbreak is looming, the biosecurity funding, which takes a real terms cut of $1.5 Million, does not reflect the importance of keeping the state’s relative pest and disease free status.”
“Funding for the much-hyped Wealth from Water program is nowhere near what was promised in 2010, and we see the end of the Innovation Farming Systems Program and the Agrifood Skills Pipeline.” Mr. Rockliff said.
“At a time when farmers are at their most vulnerable, the Green-Labor Government will now also sting them with higher fees and charges that will drive down returns, with substantial increases of licence fees to the tune of $4 Million with no explanation provided.”
“The state’s poppy growers will also feel the pain, now having to wear the full cost of the Poppy Advisory and Control Board from 2012-13.”
“Many of the state’s rural and regional communities will also be hit hard the by the closure of 16 rural schools.” Mr. Rockliff said.
“Schools are the hub of any rural community and the very social and community infrastructure that keeps regional areas alive.”
“Closing 16 schools in rural areas will only further disadvantage these communities in these tough times.”Mr. Rockliff said.
“Tasmanian farmers have faced one of the most challenging seasons on record at a time when their costs, including power prices, are going through the roof, and this budget simply does not reflect that.”
“Farmers continue to suffer at the hands of Green-Labor financial mismanagement as the Government fails to adequately support the wealth generating industry.” Mr. Rockliff said.