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PM must show leadership on Queensland sugar



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THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY SHADOW MINISTER FOR RURAL AND REGIONAL AUSTRALIA

SPOKESPERSON FOR COUNTRY CAUCUS MEMBER FOR HUNTER

PM MUST SHOW LEADERSHIP ON QUEENSLAND SUGAR

The Prime Minister must show leadership and protect the interests of both sugar growers and millers by rejecting the call for Commonwealth intervention in the Queensland sugar dispute.

False hope offered to growers by Barnaby Joyce, George Christensen and the Queensland LNP has dragged the dispute out at the expense of growers and the broader sector.

It appears certain the Queensland Government’s guidance on dispute resolution is about to bring the matter to a successful conclusion.

After 18 months, time is of the essence.

The last thing the sector needs is a populist promise of some mythical Commonwealth fix.

It will only further extend the dispute.

Malcolm Turnbull can demonstrate he is capable of leadership today by rejecting Commonwealth intervention.

MONDAY, 27 MARCH 2017

MEDIA CONTACT: EMILY DOWSWELL 0400 308 129