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Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Innovation and Sustainable Agriculture a Must for the New Economy

Andrea Dawkins

Andrea Dawkins  -  Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Tags: Primary Industries, Alternative Budget, Farmers, Dairy Industry, Drought, Climate Emergency

Andrea Dawkins MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes:—

(a)           the Greens’ Alternative Budget demonstrates courage and vision for a sustainable future for Tasmania’s agriculture, committing to support organic food and dairy and to assist producers to innovate and transition to the new economy;

(b)           that farmers in Tasmania are under increasing pressure in the commodity market with retrospective price cut to dairy and the flow on effects of the drought;

(c)           that sustainable farming practises require strategies with the scope for rewarding environmental stewardship and offer opportunities for farmers to share their knowledge on climate change mitigation strategies;

(d)           that Tasmania could become a leader in Agriculture Stewardship Certification and really set our agribusinesses aside by elevating all Tasmanian produce to specialty produce and removing the risk of a highly volatile global commodity market;

(e)           that while the extra funding to Biosecurity Tasmania is welcomed, the Liberal Government’s 2016/17 Budget does not reflect the importance to Tasmania of its primary producers;

(f)            that allocated funds in the 2016/17 State Budget for emotional and financial counselling will not be enough to resolve the current problems faced by many of Tasmania’s primary producers; and

(g)           that the free trade deals touted to open supply chains for our farmers are yet to come to fruition.

(2)           Calls on the Liberal Government to take a leaf out of the Greens’ Alternative Budget and develop funding initiatives which will help farmers diversify to ensure they get value for money and are able to sustain their businesses on and into the future.