MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="----=_NextPart_000_0186_01D71020.E3DF7770" This is a multipart message in MIME format. ------=_NextPart_000_0186_01D71020.E3DF7770 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit JULIE COLLINS MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE MEMBER FOR FRANKLIN LITTLEPROUD’S FARM LABOUR SHORTAGE HITS THE HIP POCKET The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) forecast predicting a sharp rise in the price of fruit and vegetables underscores the growing cost of Minister Littleproud’s failure to address farm labour shortages. According to ABARES, farm labour shortages will hit production, hurting farmers and causing prices of fruit and vegetables to increase 7-29 per cent. Under the Morrison Government, wages are flat but the cost of living just keeps going up. These stark figures must force action. It’s time Minister Littleproud took responsibility for this issue and showed some leadership. Minister Littleproud should stop passing the buck. The cost of crop losses has already reached $45 million. The Morrison Government has failed to take responsibility for labour shortages. Farmers just want this fixed. The Morrison Government is still yet to release or respond to the recommendations of a critical agriculture workforce strategy report it received last year. It’s unacceptable that, despite huge losses on farms across the country, the Minister has yet to release the report. Labor has written to Minister Littleproud calling for him to finally step up and respond to this report with a real plan to address gaps in Australia’s agriculture workforce. Minister Littleproud and the Nationals are more interested in shameless politicking than showing leadership for Australian farmers. Restrictions related to COVID-19 have highlighted longstanding issues in Australia’s agriculture workforce, which is why action is needed now. The Morrison Government must do better for Aussie farmers and consumers. WEDNESDAY, 3 MARCH 2021 MEDIA CONTACT: LIAM CARSWELL 0438 469 119 Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra. This is a broadcast email - please do not reply to this email. This email is confidential and may be privileged. If you have received this email by mistake: (1) please notify me immediately and delete the email; (2) you must not use this email or its contents; (3) client legal privilege is not waived. unsubscribe from this list. This email was sent to iq@canberraiq.com.au why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences Leader's Office Media Unit · Parliament House · Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) 2600 · Australia ------=_NextPart_000_0186_01D71020.E3DF7770 Content-Type: text/html; charset="utf-8" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable JULIE COLLINS - MEDIA RELEASE - LITTLEPROUD=E2=80=99S = FARM LABOUR SHORTAGE HITS THE HIP POCKET - WEDNESDAY, 3 MARCH = 2021
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JULIE COLLINS MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE 
MEMBER FOR FRANKLIN
 

LITTLEPROUD=E2=80=99S FARM LABOUR SHORTAGE HITS THE HIP = POCKET
 
The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and = Sciences (ABARES) forecast predicting a sharp rise in the price of fruit = and vegetables underscores the growing cost of Minister = Littleproud=E2=80=99s failure to address farm labour shortages.
 
According to ABARES, farm labour shortages will hit production, hurting = farmers and causing prices of fruit and vegetables to increase 7-29 per = cent.
 
Under the Morrison Government, wages are flat but the cost of living = just keeps going up.
 
These stark figures must force action. It=E2=80=99s time Minister = Littleproud took responsibility for this issue and showed some = leadership.

Minister Littleproud should stop passing the buck. The cost of crop = losses has already reached $45 million.
 
The Morrison Government has failed to take responsibility for labour = shortages. Farmers just want this fixed.
 
The Morrison Government is still yet to release or respond to the = recommendations of a critical = agriculture workforce strategy report it received last = year. 
 
It=E2=80=99s unacceptable that, despite huge losses on farms across the = country, the Minister has yet to release the report.
 
Labor has written to Minister Littleproud calling for him to finally = step up and respond to this report with a real plan to address gaps in = Australia=E2=80=99s agriculture workforce.
 
Minister Littleproud and the Nationals are more interested in shameless = politicking than showing leadership for Australian farmers. 
 
Restrictions related to COVID-19 have highlighted longstanding issues in = Australia=E2=80=99s agriculture workforce, which is why action is needed = now.
 
The Morrison Government must do better for Aussie farmers and = consumers.

WEDNESDAY, 3 MARCH 2021

MEDIA CONTACT: LIAM CARSWELL 0438 469 119
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