The 2019 Federal Election comes at a pivotal moment for Australia agriculture and WAFarmers is calling on all candidates to commit to the following policies to underpin a profitable and sustainable farming sector and achieve the National Farmers Federation vision of a $100 billion farm gate output by 2030.
WAFarmers 2019 Federal Election Policies
$150 million additional funding over 4 years to go into the regional mobile black spots program across the WA Wheatbelt).
$150 million additional funding to go into Wheatbelt regional roads.
$150 million additional funding over 4 years for the Department of Agriculture and Water and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to enhancing Australia’s Biosecurity System and Trade market access.
Double Farm Management Deposits to $1.6m and continue the current taxation arrangements for family farms under trust, to help build off farm assets to assist growers to self-manage drought.
Ongoing matching federal funding contribution from government for agricultural research, development and extension.
Maintain the existing diesel fuel rebate for off-road use to help keep our farms internationally competitive.
No carbon tax impost on the agriculture sector (including transportation of agricultural supplies and products).
Reduce company and personal income brackets in line with our major competitors.
Support the continuation of the Live Export Trade under effective and viable regulations.
Establish a dedicated skilled farm workers visa allowing workers 8 months seasonal annual access with no limits of return visits to Australia.