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Littleproud: Labor Making It Harder For Farmers

by | Jul 4, 2024 | Agriculture | 0 comments

Nationals Leader David Littleproud said Labor is once again making it harder to get food from paddock to plate, by axing a crucial backpacker and worker program for farms.

Mr Littleproud said Labor’s scrapping of the harvest trail program meant farmers would find it even harder to get the workers they need.

“The essential program helped connect farmers with thousands of backpackers and jobseekers during the harvest period, or the harvest trail,” Mr Littleproud said.

“It also helped both employers and employees get a background check, enabling confidence in both the job and the industry.

“However, Labor is once again showing contempt for the farming industry by removing the Harvest Trail Services and Harvest Trail Information Service, to save $47.3 million and $11.1 million per year ongoing.

“This money won’t even be directed back into agriculture. The pain will be felt at the checkout because when supply goes down, prices go up.

“The fewer workers farmers can find, the less they can plant or harvest, meaning families will pay more for their food at the checkout.”

Media Release : National Party

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