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Thursday, 26 November 2015
Page: 9093

Senator CANAVAN (QueenslandNationals Whip in the Senate) (12:16): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 965.

Leave granted.

Senator CANAVAN: I, and on behalf of Senators McKenzie and Williams, move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—


(a) agriculture, fisheries and forestry is one of the biggest employers in rural and regional communities, employing more than 300,000 people;

(b) Australia’s 135,000 farmers provide 93 per cent of the domestic food supply, and support an export market valued at A$43.5 billion in 2014-15;

(c) Australia’s stringent biosecurity system and best practice farm safety standards underpin our agricultural export strength and our reputation as a producer of some of the highest quality produce in the world; and

(d) acts of illegal activism, that include ignoring a farmer’s right to say no to property invasions, which could lead to the potential spread of disease and/or pests which could jeopardise Australia’s hard won reputation for agricultural excellence, placing in danger the safety of activists, farmers and their families and the health of animals and crops.

Question agreed to.