Tasmania Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Jeremy Rockliff
Labor Food Bowl Vision Nothing But A Fantasy If Government Axes Simplot Gas Promise
Victor P Taffa
Concerns that the State and Federal Governments will break key Election Commitments and cut funding to Simplot’s Proposed Gas Pipeline casts serious doubt over the future of the State Government’s Food Bowl Vision, Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Jeremy Rockliff said today.
“With the Federal Government cutting funding to a number of infrastructure projects across the country in the wake of the Queensland flood disaster, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Premier Lara Giddings must come clean immediately over what projects will be cut in Tasmania, and whether or not farmers stand to suffer.”
“Farmers in Tasmanian are seriously under the pump. The last thing they need is a Government back-flipping on yet another election promise. Farmers can simply not afford to develop a business plan around hollow promises and food bowl rhetoric.” Mr. Rockliff said.
“The Labor-Green Government needs to spell out its exact intentions on the Simplot Gas election promise so farmers and workers know where they stand.”
“If the Labor Governments, at both a State and Federal level, are not prepared to stand by their promise for the North West Coast, then their food bowl vision would not be simply laughable, it would be a sick joke.” Mr. Rockliff said.
“With many of the State’s farmers already openly criticizing the Government’s food bowl, it begs the question, what exactly is the Government’s strategy? What does it actually have planned to help this state rise above the rest and make a name for itself as the food bowl of the nation?” Mr. Rockliff asked.
“This Government needs to stop fantasizing and start delivering real outcomes that will help Tasmania’s farmers become more sustainable and more profitable at a time when they need it most.” Mr. Rockliff said.