Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is supporting the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) push to raise awareness of key issues in its largest protest campaign in 40 years.
Mr Chester met with new NFF President David Jochinke in Federal Parliament this week (pictured) and backed his push to ‘Keep Farmers Farming’.
“David and the NFF membership are putting the pressure on the Albanese Government because they understand the impact of bad policies on Australia’s capacity to grow food and fibre,” Mr Chester said.
“Our farmers are under siege with government policies increasing input costs, forcing them to pay more taxes for the biosecurity risks of imports, reduced access to workers through the ag visa program, water buybacks in the Murray Darling Basin, and banning live sheep exports.
“As the new president, David is strongly representing the interests of farmers across Australia, including Gippsland, and I’m keen to work with him to deliver better policies for the agricultural sector.”