Attempt to convince local workers to help with harvest another failure by Labor

Shadow Agriculture Minister Colin DeGrussa has taken aim at the Labor Government’s announcement to re-use the Primary Industries Workers Regional Travel and Accommodation Support Scheme, implemented last year to make up for worker shortfalls. Mr de Grussa said the original scheme was built around the flawed premise of being able to convince local workers to…

State’s agriculture industry let down by Labor’s lack of action on quarantine for ag workers

Shadow Agriculture and Food Minister Colin de Grussa said Western Australia’s agriculture industry has been let down by the Labor Government’s lack of action in finding a quarantine site for urgently needed ag workers. Mr de Grussa said the Government put quarantining skilled workers into the too-hard basket and have left it too late for…

Federal Government’s ag worker quarantine investigation welcomed but must be accelerated

Shadow Agriculture and Food Minister Colin de Grussa has welcomed the announcement by the Federal Government of an investigation into the use of a site in the Northern Territory as a potential quarantine facility for agricultural workers. Mr de Grussa said the Federal Agriculture Minister’s decision to look at using Bladen Village to isolate international…

Opposition calls on Labor to fast-track ag workers into the State

The Opposition has called on the Labor Government to stop ignoring the plight of farmers and start supporting our state’s second largest industry by fast-tracking agriculture workers into Western Australia. Opposition Leader Mia Davies said while the State Government made the right decision to accelerate the recruitment of nurses from overseas and interstate, solutions for…

Opinion: State’s agriculture and food sector suffering because State Government failed to react to pandemic fallout in time

By Shadow Minister for Agriculture & Food and Member for Agricultural Region Colin de Grussa. Western Australia’s agriculture and food sector is the lifeblood of regional and rural communities, and as we know, this industry is vital to our State’s economy. So, with skilled worker shortages continuing to plague our farms, it begs the question…