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Liberals inaction forces producers to take matters into their own hands

  • Government needs to show leadership to protect the red meat industry
  • Producers take matters into their own hands after Liberals fail to act
  • Tasmanian Farmers’ Co-operative backs Labor’s calls for a new abattoir


The Government needs to show some leadership and stand up for Tasmania’s red meat industry before it is too late.

Shadow Primary Industries Minister, Shane Broad, said the Government’s failure to protect the industry and Tasmanian jobs had forced producers to take matters into their own hands.

“The Government is just sitting by and watching as the livelihood of Tasmanian producers is under serious threat,” Dr Broad said.

“I welcome the new Tasmanian Farmers’ Co-operative but it is disappointing producers felt they had no other choice but to take action themselves in order to protect the industry from collapse.

“I’m pleased the co-operative is calling for a new multi-species abattoir and meat brand. This aligns with Labor’s vision of developing a new state of the art abattoir on a greenfield site in northern Tasmania to protect and grow jobs and the Tasmanian red meat industry.

“The Government needs to listen to producers and the Labor Party and get the ball rolling on the scoping work for a new facility.

“We need to start work on this immediately as the industry can’t afford to be constrained by a lack of vision and political courage.”


Shane Broad MP
Shadow Primary Industries Minister