No lull for coalition government after election win

Fiona Simson
Fiona Simson

THERE will be no lull after the coalition's surprise win in the federal election.

Farm groups, including the National Farmers Federation (NFF) and NSW Farmers, will hold the re-elected government to account on issues including water, drought assistance, climate change, livestock exports and animal activists.

NSW Farmers Wagga district branch chairman Alan Brown said there was a great sense of relief among members of the farming community following the vote count on Saturday. He said the Labor policies were not necessarily supportive of farming and there was possibly an inflationary and wage increase pressure that could have ultimately led to an interest-rate rise.

Mr Brown said the support for southern NSW members including Michael McCormack and Sussan Ley was strong and he hoped this would transpire into useful advocacy for the region in terms of water reform. He said more balance for NSW was needed in the water reform process.

NFF president Fiona Simson said the Morrison government, supported farmers in the management of tough times including unprecedented and ongoing drought and she hoped this would continue. "We were especially pleased to gain the strong backing of the Agriculture and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud and the Prime Minister for agriculture's goal to be a $100 billion industry by 2030," she said.

Mrs Simson said the key challenges for the farm sector continued to be energy, natural resource management, labour and water management.

"We trust the government will continue to pursue an ambitious trade agenda and look forward to together, continuing to work on fixing agriculture's labour shortages. "The NFF welcomes, what we are confident will be a fruitful partnership between the Government and farmers as we close in on $100 billion in farm gate output by 2030," Mrs Simson said.