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COUNTRYMAN | Agriculture ready to work with Labor on biosecurity, skills shortages

Agriculture leaders say they are ready to work with new Albanese Government and have urged the new Prime Minister to prioritise biosecurity, labour shortages and resetting the trade relationship with China.

A huge red swing in WA on Saturday helped Anthony Albanese become the fourth Labor leader to take the party from opposition to Government since World War II.

Grain Producers Australia has flagged serious concerns about competition issues in the Australian grains market.

GPA chair Barry Large, a WA farmer who heads the national group, labelled Labor’s Federal election victory an opportunity to “engage constructively in renewed discussions” on key policy priorities for the Australian grains industry.

He said GPA welcomed the opportunity to work with the incoming Labor government and relevant ministers — including those for agriculture, trade and transport — to ensure grain producer views were central to their future plans and policy development agendas.

During the election campaign GPA wrote to each of the major parties, minor parties and independents with GPA’s policy priorities, seeking commitments.

“We were greatly encouraged by the ALP’s positive response, outlining their positive plans and demonstrating that they’re willing to listen to our issues and requests,” Mr Large said.

“We now look forward to getting on with the job, to deliver mutually beneficial outcomes for grain producers, regional communities and the national economy.”


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