About Labor's Anti-Sugar Farming Laws
Through Labor's proposed laws, the government will give itself the power to request documents from all farm suppliers, employees, contractors and customers, signalling that the government believes farmers are liars.
The proposed laws will also give Brisbane-based bureaucrats the right to change rules regarding agri-chemical and fertiliser application at will and with minimal consultation.
In some cases, the proposed laws will stop farmers from growing sugar cane on their rural properties.
The result, when combined with low world sugar prices and rising costs such as electricity and water, will be that cane farmers exit the industry en masse.
This will be devastating, not only for farming families who have been in the industry for generations, but for local workers on farms, in sugar mills, in sugar transportation, and at the ports.
The cascading effect will directly hit local machinery dealers and agricultural mechanics and entire local economies will suffer from a downturn in sugar.