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COUNTRY MAN | Grain growers to be hit hardest by new biosecurity levy

Grain growers will pay an extra $1400 a year under the Albanese Government's new biosecurity levy, with Grain Producers Australia calling for the "unfair" mechanism to be scrapped and existing levies overhauled.

From July 2024, all producers in agriculture, forestry and fisheries will have to shell out an extra 10 per cent on top of what they were already paying in agricultural levies as of 2020-21.

The measure will raise about $51 million to help pay for Federal Labor's new "sustainable" biosecurity funding model, but GPA has raised concerns grain growers will be hit hardest - with the sector in danger of becoming "the cash cow and government ATM for national biosecurity".


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