Federal Labor yet to reveal agriculture policy including live sheep exports, dairy regulation, worker shortage

The federal opposition stays tight-lipped about its plans for Australia’s $81 billion agriculture business, ought to it kind authorities.

With the federal election to be referred to as inside days, Shadow Agriculture Minister Julie Collins has refused to say if Labor would section out the live export of sheep — a policy it took to the 2019 election.

In an interview with the ABC, Ms Collins additionally wouldn’t say if Labor would pursue re-regulation of the dairy business, putting in a ground within the farmgate milk worth.

“At the final election, we had a policy in relation to getting the ACCC to take a look at that concern,” she stated.

“We’ve been speaking to dairy farmers, and we’ll be making bulletins about what we wish to do within the coming weeks.”

Asked if Labor had any insurance policies that associated instantly to the manufacturing of livestock, cropping or horticulture, Ms Collins stated: “Clearly the problems that farmers increase with me which might be most necessary to them, primary is at all times local weather change as a result of there isn’t any doubt that local weather is impacting on what is going on on, on our farms”.

But Ms Collins wouldn’t yet say how a Labor authorities would enhance biosecurity or instantly deal with a farm worker shortage.

Ms Collins stated she understood Australian farmers required 10,000 to 20,000 further employees. 

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Shadow Agriculture Minister Julie Collins is not going to say if Labor intends to ban live sheep exports.(ABC News: Luke Bowden)

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