AGFORCE Queensland congratulated new Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and committed to working with her and her government to ensure a prosperous agriculture sector.
“After a confusing time for Queenslanders over the last two weeks it is good to have some clarity around who will lead our state,” AgForce General President, Grant Maudsley, says.
“We congratulate Ms Palaszczuk, new Minister for Agriculture Bill Byrne and Minister for State Development, Natural Resources and Mines, Anthony Lynham on their positions.
“It is now our highest priority to meet as soon as possible with each of the Ministers who have a portfolio relating to primary production and to outline the issues and policies which are most important to agriculture in Queensland.”
These areas include:
- Dealing with ‘short term’ challenges, for example ongoing drought and reduction of red tape and regulatory burden;
- Securing the long-term future of agriculture, for example protection of prime farming and grazing land;
- Managing climate variability, for example cost-of-production insurance schemes to manage climate risk and continued funding of climatic and season forecasting research;
- Maintaining Queensland’s clean, green credentials, for example disease preparedness and the retention of biosecurity staff so as to ensure product integrity and reputation in key markets;
- Investing in our industry, for example the introduction of a biofuels mandate and critical investment in transport infrastructure.
“Agriculture is one of the most important sectors of the Queensland economy, the lifeblood of rural communities and the livelihood of thousands of farming families across the state,” Mr Maudsley says.
“We now look to the new State Government to acknowledge this importance, to engage with primary producers to understand the industry and to create balanced policy which seeks to facilitate the prosperity of the sector.”