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Have your say - stand with Victorian farmers against farm trespass

The National Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien urges locals to make a submission to the Inquiry into the Impact of Animal Rights Activism on Victorian Agriculture, before public submissions close on August 2.

“Make a submission and have your voice heard to support our farmers,” encourages Mr O’Brien.

Mr O’Brien said the views will provide critical evidence to inform the Committee’s final recommendations.

“Our farmers deserve to feel safe at work and in their homes, but that’s not been the case while law-breaking activists feel they can break in and steal livestock, only to get a slap on the wrist,”

“We have an opportunity to support our farmers by fixing the trespass laws, making them stronger, protecting out farmers, their families and their livestock.

“I urge anyone who agrees that the laws need to be stronger to put in a public submission and add their voice in support of our responsible, ethical farmers.”

Agriculture makes a vital contribution to our state each year. In 2017-18, it contributed $15 billion to Victoria’s economy – a quarter our national total – and supported nearly 90,000 jobs.

Mr O’Brien congratulated the Federal Liberal Nationals Government for moving to strengthen privacy laws, including penalties for anyone using technology to incite trespass on private property.

“The Nationals stand with our farmers and rural communities, and this Victorian Inquiry is a first step forward to deliver the change our communities are demanding.”

To make a public submission visit https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/eic-lc/article/4202 before August 2.

The Economy and Infrastructure Committee will hold hearings later in the year and provide a final report to Parliament by November 28.

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