Delays leave farmers at risk
Laws to impose on-the-spot fines to better protect Lowan farmers against farm trespass still haven’t been drafted, six months after the Andrews Labor Government finally agreed to the change.
A parliamentary inquiry recommended on-the-spot fines be implemented as a solution to stop extreme animal activists breaking into farms, stealing livestock and damaging biosecurity.
But more than six months since the Andrews Government agreed to the recommendation, farmers are still waiting for change.
Nationals Member for Lowan Emma Kealy said other states had already put similar laws in place so there was no excuse for Victoria’s delays.
“Farmers deserve to feel safe in their own homes, but the current soft rules embolden extreme activists to break the law instead of deterring them,” she said.
“Victorian farmers were hoping to see the Andrews Labor Government implement on-the-spot fines with the same urgency as New South Wales, but instead Daniel Andrews has kicked the can down the road.