Win For Families, Farmers, And Regions

NSW Nationals

Nationals Leader David Littleproud said common sense has prevailed, after confirmation the Senate crossbench will block Labor’s disastrous and ill-thought-out fresh food tax.

The Nationals have spent the past year campaigning with farmers and industry against Labor’s biosecurity protection levy, which would have hurt both families and farmers.

“This is a win for families, a win for farmers, and a win for regional Australia,” Mr Littleproud said.

“I am proud to have been part of a campaign to stop Labor’s fresh food tax. I would like to thank everyone who supported The Nationals and joined our efforts to scrap this tax, either by signing our petition, backing our media campaign, or helping to highlight just how disgraceful Labor’s reckless new tax would be.

“Not only would this tax drive up the price of fresh food, with farmers forced to pass on costs, it would also undermine the entire levy system, causing chaos and confusion across industry.

“Families need food that is more affordable, and our farmers need support to get food from paddock to plate. The Nationals will always fight for common sense and for fairness in the regions.”

Mr Littleproud said Agriculture Minister Murray Watt should be ashamed for even contemplating the idea, let alone trying to push it through and introduce the tax from July 1.

“The fact Minister Watt refused to listen to concerns and instead doubled down, carrying out a rushed and confusing policy which lacked detail, is either lazy or arrogant.

“It was senseless when better alternatives were offered by The Nationals, such as an importer container levy, which would charge importers, not our own farmers, to pay for biosecurity risks being created as produce comes into the country.

“I want families and farmers to know The Nationals have your back. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Australian farmers today and welcome news the Senate will reject Labor’s fresh food tax.”

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