Agriculture | July 24, 2019
Be heard and stand with Victorian farmers against farm trespass
There’s just two weeks left for farmers, farm businesses and community members to have your voice heard in the Inquiry to fix farm trespass laws.
Local Nationals Member for Lowan Emma Kealy urged locals to make a submission to the Inquiry into the Impact of Animal Rights Activism on Victorian Agriculture, before public submissions close on August 2.
Ms Kealy said the views will provide critical evidence to inform the Committee’s final recommendations.
“Our farmers deserve to feel safe at work and in their homes, but that’s not been the case while law-breaking activists feel they can break in and steal livestock, only to get a slap on the wrist,” Ms Kealy said.
“I stand with all farmers and farm businesses and urge anyone who agrees that the laws need to be stronger to put in a public submission and add their voice in support of our responsible, ethical farmers.
“Our local community must not miss this opportunity to be heard and to make a difference for our farmers and their families.”
Agriculture makes a vital contribution to our state each year. In 2017-18, it contributed $15 billion to Victoria’s economy – a quarter our national total – and supported nearly 90,000 jobs.
Ms Kealy congratulated the Federal Liberal Nationals Government for moving to strengthen privacy laws, including penalties for anyone using technology to incite trespass on private property.
“Our farmers deserve to be protected against these keyboard warriors who encourage law-breaking activists to trespass, steal livestock and publicly bring down our hard-working farmers’ reputation,” Ms Kealy said.
“The Nationals stand with our farmers and rural communities, and this Victorian Inquiry is a first step forward to deliver the change our communities are demanding.”
To make a public submission visit https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/eic-lc/article/4202 before August 2.
The Economy and Infrastructure Committee will hold hearings later in the year and provide a final report to Parliament by November 28.
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