Federal Government urges intervention by Premiers on cross-border issues
David Littleproud MP, Federal Minister for Agriculture, who today is urging state Premiers to inject themselves into serious cross border issues that unaddressed could impact the cost of groceries, animal welfare and even critical human health for regional Australians.
“The arbitrary closure of state borders particularly between state borders have had serious unintended consequences not only on agricultural supply chains but also regional Australians wellbeing,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Hard closures are stopping the flow of silage contractors and grain harvesters between Queensland and NSW, Queensland veterinarians and agronomists are also unable to visit clients in Northern NSW, and there are numerous human health impacts impacting on residents who rely on GPs, specialists and allied health care across state borders.
“Prime Minister Scott Morrison has consequently undertaken to raise these issues as a priority with the National Cabinet in response to the developing crisis unfolding across many regional communities.
“Keeping all of our agricultural supply chains secure is absolutely critical to ensuring supermarket prices for fresh products remains affordable for Australians while maintaining some of the best animal welfare standards in the world.
“Our farmers must be able to continue their important work and regional economies that pose little to no COVID-19 risk must be allowed to continue operating. They deserve our full and unwavering support,” Mr Littleproud said.
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