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Member For Western Victoria, Bev McArthur

Report Fails Farmers

Report Fails Farmers

Member For Western Victoria, Bev McArthur

MP Says Farm Invasions Are Home Invasions

Member for Western Victoria, Bev McArthur has condemned the Economy and Infrastructure Committee's final report, following the Inquiry into the Impact of Animal Rights Activism on Victorian Agriculture, when it was tabled in Parliament this week.

The Member for Western Victoria, alongside two other state MP's, submitted a minority report opposing recommendations forwarded by the committee. Mrs McArthur believes the committee's recommendations don't go far enough in condemning illegal activities of animal rights activists or protecting farmers.

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“During the inquiry, we heard extraordinarily distressing evidence from many farmers who had their lives and businesses disrupted by threatening invasions, sometimes by activists in balaclavas.” Mrs McArthur said

“To farmers, their farms are their homes, and it is inconceivable to believe anyone has the right to invade anyone’s private space, including their business which is their farm.”

“The report does not adequately deal with the issue that we were asked to address, and consequently it was important that we produced a minority report to clearly put the case on behalf of farmers.”

"Western Victoria Region is home to some of the most productive farmers and agri-businesses in Australia. Our efficient operators feed the cities and export to the world. They need applause not criticism. And they don’t need to have invasion and theft treated as irrelevant by the handing down of $1 fines."

“It is inconceivable that farmers can be disrupted by activists whose real agenda is to end the animal meat and fiber industry,” she concluded.

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