Minister asleep at the wheel of Kalgoorlie Inspection and Decontamination Facility

The Nationals WA spokesperson for Agriculture Colin de Grussa says the Labor Government is putting animal welfare and the State’s biosecurity at risk amid concerns about the current operations of the Kalgoorlie Inspection and Decontamination Facility. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, under the control of the Minister for Agriculture Alannah MacTiernan, operates…

Alarm at Labor Government plan to shift liability for wild dogs control on to volunteers

The Nationals spokesperson for Agriculture, Colin de Grussa has expressed his alarm at the recent actions by the McGowan Government to effectively transfer all legal liability and risk for the control of wild dogs on government land to Recognised Biosecurity Groups (RBG). Under a proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) issued to RBGs by the Department…

Labor’s carrot and stick activist legislation fails farming sector

The Nationals WA have accused the State Government of introducing “carrot and stick” legislation to increase penalties for criminal trespass at the cost of farmers being subjected to severe scrutiny. Agriculture spokesperson Colin de Grussa said Animal Welfare and Trespass Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 had muddied the waters between two separate and distinct challenges for…