Stronger laws a priority to protect Victorian farmers
26 April 2019
The Federal Liberal Nationals Government and the Queensland Government have both announced stronger penalties to stop activists targeting farms in the past week, however no similar move has been made in Victoria.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said stronger laws to protect people against law breaking activists who trespass and steal animals from farms should be a critical priority for the Victorian Government.
“Victorian farmers, farm businesses and people in our regional communities are absolutely furious at the break-ins, theft and harassment we’re seeing from law-breaking extremists, but so far the Premier and his Agriculture Minister have not acted,” Ms Ryan said.
“The Liberal Nationals have proposed a Parliamentary inquiry to examine this whole issue and to fix farm trespass laws.
“An inquiry will give our farmers and industry stakeholders the chance to get through to government just how disruptive these lawbreakers are and help us identify the best way to bolster laws so that farmers can get on with business.
The Nationals have lodged the motion to establish the farm trespass inquiry in the Legislative Council, with thousands of people already signing a petition calling for stronger penalties.
“Gippsland’s Gippy Goat Café was forced to close because it’s owners were harassed by extreme activists who flouted the law, only to receive a slap on the wrist,” Ms Ryan said.
“Daniel Andrews can’t ignore this issue any longer, it’s time for action to bolster penalties and protect farmers across Victoria.”
Visit www.parliament.vic.gov.au/council/petitions/electronic-petitions/view-e-petitions to add your support to the petition (No. 104 Shut down Aussie Farms website).