Labor plants new election policy in effort to win agriculture

12 March 2024

TasFarmers welcomes the Labor Party’s election policy commitment to “put farmers first”, which aims to support Tasmania’s primary industries.

TasFarmers President, Ian Sauer said it was pleasing to see Labor had read the TasFarmers election package and listened to farmers’ concerns. He noted the announcement shows Labor has consulted widely and was prepared to support farmers with the issues that matter most.

“In response to our package, the Labor Party has committed to protecting the interest of farmers when it comes to the Northwest Transmission Development.

"Additionally, their full backing of our Farm Access code is a positive step and demonstrates sincerity for taking the needs of farmers seriously.

"Of particular significance is Labor’s focus on investment in irrigation, with a $75 million commitment toward the Greater Southeast Irrigation scheme.

“Labor has planted the idea of a forward-thinking policy platform, and if elected, would represent a considerable investment into our sector.

“Labor’s platform also promises to streamline the process of building worker accommodation on farms, review the freight equalisation scheme and invest in agricultural education and career pathways.

“What this detailed response demonstrates, is the bipartisan approach to agriculture in Tasmania, which farmers fully support,” he said.