Landowners want biosecurity levy eradicated

Farmers and community members are outraged by the threatening letter they received from the Office of State Revenue demanding payment of the biosecurity levy. Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman, said the levy has been an ongoing issue since Minister MacTiernan introduced it in the South West. The Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 allows for…

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Stop Puppy Farming bill has tail that wags the dog

Member for Moore, Shane Love, says the State Government’s Stop Puppy Farming bill has turned into a dog’s breakfast after amendments to recognise farmers’ needs for working dogs were rejected by Labor. Mr Love said he strongly supported stamping out intensive puppy farming. The proposed legislation, however, caught too many in its net, including farmers…

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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…

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Labor must recognise urgency for Geraldton bypass

Member for Geraldton Ian Blayney has again called on the Labor Government to accelerate the Alignment Selection Study for the Dongara to Northampton Coastal Route Corridor to prevent further disappointment to Mid West residents who have already had to wait too long for results. “Landholders and other stakeholders need to know when a preferred alignment…

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