Drought Innovation Hub must be based in WA

The Nationals WA have called on the Federal Government to establish a research and innovation hub in Western Australia to help farmers and regional communities become more drought prepared. Last week the Federal Government announced two Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs would be established in regional Australia, funded by $20.3 million from the Future…

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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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