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AAP | Farmers fuming despite having say on biosecurity spend


Farmers and importers will have their say on how biosecurity funding is spent, the Albanese government says, but they're still furious about a new biosecurity protection levy.


The biosecurity protection levies bill was foreshadowed in the federal budget last year and introduced into parliament on Wednesday.


The levy will be set according to an industry's average share of production, but grain growers have described it as just another tax on farmers.


"We think we pay more than enough in existing levies," Colin Bettles, chief executive of Grain Producers Australia, said.


"We're still a bit in the dark in terms of how the amounts will be collected," he told AAP.


The legislation comes as the government announced a new panel that will give farmers and importers a say on how biosecurity funding is spent.



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