Farmers are ‘furious’ after bill farmer and hunt club farm sink
Farmers in West Australia are furious after the Greens watered down their proposal to scrap a bill to ban a hunt club that they say is destroying their economy.
Key points:The Greens plan to amend the Bill to remove the ban on the hunters’ club farm sinks, which are in Victoria, New South Wales and QueenslandFarmers have complained they have no control over the farm sink, which was designed to provide food for rural community membersThe Greens are proposing to amend Bill 29 to remove a bill that allows the hunts to continue to operate the farm sinks on their landFarmers said the proposal would destroy their livelihoodThe Greens have been trying to kill off the hunt club, but the legislation passed the Senate on Monday by a margin of 22 to 13, and now it’s time to bring the bill to the floor.
The bill was first introduced by the Greens in the Lower House in March, and it has been referred to the Senate for consideration.
“We believe that the Greens are in the wrong and that the bill has been diluted,” Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said in a statement.
“It has been watered down in the Senate to the point where it is now only going to be referred to us in a limited form.”
This will be a matter of urgency and we are calling on the Senate not to allow this bill to become law without further action.
“Mr Joyce said the Greens’ proposed amendment would remove the Bill 29 ban on “hunters’ clubs”.”
The Greens propose to remove that bill to ensure that the hunts can continue to continue their business on these farm sinks without having to comply with the new Bill,” he said.”
There are currently farmers who cannot even feed their livestock, let alone pay for the cost of their land, and so they are in a precarious position, particularly when they have to pay for their land.
“That’s why we’re now calling on members of Parliament to vote against the bill.”
The bill is not about hunters’ clubs; it’s about farming and rural communities.
“The Greens said they had a bill in the upper house that would have ended the ban, but they didn’t want to do that because they didn�t want to jeopardise their support in the Upper House.
The farm sink was introduced to help feed rural communities in Western Australia by the Gillard Government in 2008, when it was announced the state would be the first to abolish the ban.”
The Government introduced a bill allowing the hunts and their affiliated groups to continue operating farm sinks after the Gillards government removed the ban in 2012.”
We want to support the rural community by ensuring that there are no loopholes.”
The Government introduced a bill allowing the hunts and their affiliated groups to continue operating farm sinks after the Gillards government removed the ban in 2012.
The legislation, which the Greens support, came into effect in December last year, allowing the hunt clubs to operate as long as they had the proper permit from the Department of Primary Industries.
The Bill 29 amendment proposed by the Government would remove that restriction and allow the hunts access to the farm pools that feed the farmers.
Mr Joyce did not say what impact the amendment would have on farmers, but farmers say it would mean a loss of control over their farm sinks.
“Farmers are now in the position where they cannot even tell the government, they are going to have to get a licence and then the bill will go back into the house and they will have to go through the same process again,” Farmers Tasmania secretary Matt Lacey said.
Farmers’ groups said the bill would only be amended to remove it from the Senate if the Greens were to amend it themselves.
“I am sure the Greens will try to get amendments on their side and the amendments they will get are going through the Senate, and I hope that they will do the right thing and amend the bill,” Farmes Tasmania secretary Michael Boulton said.