The Coalition is urging farmers and families in Groom to help stop Labor’s fresh food tax, by registering interest to have their say online.
The Department of Agriculture is seeking feedback on Labor’s proposed funding for biosecurity, which includes a new tax, the Biosecurity Protection Levy.
Federal Member for Groom, Garth Hamilton said farmers and families in Groom would be impacted by Labor’s new tax, which would push up the price of fresh food.
“Australian farmers are already subject to local, state and federal regulation. Workforce shortages and the impacts of COVID continue to have a lingering impact and now Labor is going to hit farmers again with an additional cost.
“This will drive up the cost of high quality, fresh Australian produce that will inevitably be passed onto consumers which means even higher grocery bills.
“I am determined to stop this new tax on our farmers and our food. I urge locals in Groom to send Labor a message, register their interest, to help stop this senseless new tax.”
The new tax is a biosecurity levy on farmers, set at a rate equivalent of 10 per cent of the 2020-21 industry-led levies.
The Coalition has committed to scrap this tax. Under our plan, importers of foreign products will pay for the biosecurity risk they pose – not Australian farmers.”
For more information go to www.haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity-funding