Primary Industries

July 29, 2020

NSW Labor is demanding to know why an independent assessment into the Government’s disastrous commercial fishing reforms is seven months late, with many operators still struggling to stay afloat after the restructure.
The Labor Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Jenny Aitchison today delivered a Notice of Motion at NSW Parliament calling on the Government to immediately release the Barclay Review, which examined the impa...

May 20, 2020

As part of World Bee Day, NSW Labor has renewed calls for the Berejiklian Barilaro Government to provide a recovery plan for struggling NSW beekeepers – the largest producers of honey in Australia.
Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Jenny Aitchison, said today is about raising awareness on the importance of pollinators, the critical roles bees play in our food security and the threats they face.
She warned apiarists a...

May 18, 2020

NSW Labor has urged the Berejiklian Barilaro Government to provide urgent relief to beekeepers ahead of World Bee day on May 20.
Apiarists across the state have been severely impacted by the devastating summer 2019/20 bushfires that destroyed thousands of hives housing many millions of bees.
Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Jenny Aitchison travelled thousands of kilometres across the state earlier this year prior to...

April 23, 2020

Labor has demanded the Berejiklian Government provide immediate fee relief to primary producers who are struggling to remain viable.

Many primary producers have been severely impacted over the past three years with the ongoing drought, the devastating bushfires and now coronavirus.

Labor Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Jenny Aitchison said: ‘It is totally unacceptable that the Berejiklian Government has not reached o...

April 20, 2020

NSW Labor has welcomed the Federal Government’s call to have internet giants, including Google and Facebook, share their advertising revenue and pay Australian media companies for news.

Labor Shadow Minister for Investment, Tourism and Primary Industries Jenny Aitchison said the decision could provide a much-needed boost to struggling regional media, and must be fast-tracked due to pressure on regional newspapers.

April 4, 2020

With an $800 a day pay packet, the Nationals’ recently announced Fresh Milk and Dairy Commissioner has no job description and no statutory authority or power, a NSW Parliamentary committee has revealed.
In fact, the Budget Estimates committee also revealed:

  • No selection criteria;

  • No ad for the job was posted;

  • No formal interviews for the position were held; and

  • No selection panel was convened. 


March 13, 2020

The NSW Labor Opposition has slammed the Liberal-National Government’s recent announcements on commercial fishing as a slap in the face for the industry. 

Labor Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Jenny Aitchison has today visited the Central Coast with Labor MP's Liesl Tesch and David Mehan to highlight just how out of touch the Government is with the day-to-day challenges of commercial fishers. 

In the meeting...

March 5, 2020

The NSW Labor Opposition has demanded the NSW Berejiklian Barilaro Government immediately release the independent assessment of the socio-economic impacts of the Commercial Fisheries Business Adjustment Program (the Barclay Report), which was due by the end of December 2019.
Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Jenny Aitchison MP has accused the Minister for Agriculture of a lack of transparency around the commercial fish...

March 4, 2020

The NSW Labor Opposition has slammed the Liberal-National Government’s fee waiver for Commercial Fishing Management Fees as too little too late. 
Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Jenny Aitchison called on the Government over a month ago to provide the fee waiver for commercial fishers after the Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall announced that the Government would waive all Local Land Service Rates waivers for far...

March 3, 2020

The Labor Opposition has condemned the Minister for Primary Industries for continuing delays in providing certainty for commercial fishers, after the NSW Government’s disastrous Business Adjustment Program (BAP) reforms were implemented in May 2016.
Nearly four years after the start of the BAP, commercial fishers across the industry may still potentially lose more of their catch quota.


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