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Rural communities hit hard as more abattoir jobs go



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THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY SHADOW MINISTER FOR RURAL AFFAIRS SPOKESPERSON FOR COUNTRY CAUCUS

MEMBER FOR HUNTER

RURAL COMMUNITIES HIT HARD AS MORE ABATTOIR JOBS GO

Rural communities are being hit hard again as another abattoir loses 118 processing jobs .

These jobs in Bordertown SA are in addition to the 158 workers laid off in Scone and those who have lost jobs from abattoirs in Wagga and Lakes Creek.

Consumers are feeling the pinch too, with meat prices continuing to rise in our supermarkets.

Yet the Minister for Agriculture seems to be sitting back and rejoicing in higher prices for cattle producers but fails to mention they are drought- induced.

What cattle producers need is long-term profitability driven by a productivity agenda. Drought-induced supply shocks do not lay the foundations for beef sector success. The Minister must stop falsely claiming credit for higher farm-gate prices to make time for some policy thinking.

TUESDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2016

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