Tasmania Shadow Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff
Labor-Green Poppy Tax Slug To Hurt Farmers
Victor P Taffa
Yesterday in the Parliament, the Labor-Green Government passed legislation to impose yet another cost on business for Tasmanian famers, this time on our poppy growers, at a time when our cropping industry can least afford it, according to Shadow Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff.
“The Government’s Poppy Advisory and Control Board (PACB) Levy is a tax on farmers. Farmers are already doing it tough. The high dollar, record imports and freight costs are hurting and the Government is strangling primary producers with red and green tape. Putting a new tax on poppy growers at a time like this is madness and shows just how out of touch the Government is.”
“The sad fact is, this Government has wrecked the budget and now they are trying to make it someone else’s problem.” Mr. Rockliff said.
“This is the second time in a matter of months that the Labor-Green Government has dudded poppy growers. First it was allowing the import of raw poppy material from Turkey, ironically against PACB advice and now they want to impose a tax on the industry. In the ultimate slap in the face to poppy farmers, this new tax will not be imposed on this imported raw poppy material.”
“Farming is one of the pillars of Tasmania’s economy and we should be encouraging the industry to grow, not making it even more difficult to do business.”
“The Liberals have a plan to grow the sector tenfold by 2050, a key plank of which is to give our farmers a fair go; unfortunately, the Government only has a plan to shrink the sector and impose higher costs on doing business.” Mr. Rockliff said.