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Peter Walsh MP:
Overdue grants, no workers: labors plan to fix seasonal worker shortage

Labour government not delivering workers for horticulture and meat sectors.

By news@gippsland - 12th March 2021 - Back to News

Farmers are still falling victim to the Andrews Labor Governments fundamental misunderstanding of Victorias $15.9 billion agriculture sector. Labors Agriculture Minister claimed that government grants announced today will build accommodation to "support this seasons harvest workers".

Support the season's harvest workers

Support the season's harvest workers

But Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh said this years harvest was over for many farmers and well underway for others, while others had been forced to plough a years hard work into the ground because of Labors delays.

No ideas yet for seasonal worker scheme

"The Andrews Governments seasonal worker scheme with Tasmania still hasnt delivered a single worker for our horticulture or meat processing sectors, to announce accommodation grants today, that will do nothing to help our farmers this harvest, shows the desperation of a Labor Government totally devoid of ideas but desperate for a headline." Mr. Walsh said.

"Seasonal workers were needed months ago but are still not expected to arrive in the next few weeks. Its too little too late for many Victorian farmers. Were now two weeks into March and Labors deal with Tasmania still hasnt delivered a single picker to a Victorian farm long past the promise of workers being available by the end of February."

Still no solutions for farmers

"The Andrews Labor Government sat on its hands for months, even ignoring a proposal from industry that was put up in October last year to quarantine workers through a facility in Mildura. The COVID pandemic has put pressure on our agriculture sector, but its been made worse under a Labor Government that isnt prepared to do the work to support farmers and fix the problems." Added Mr Walsh.

Pictures from Gippsland Agricultural Group Inc Facebook page.


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