National Farmers' Federation

Statement on the appointment of Ed Husic as shadow agriculture spokesperson

National Farmers’ Federation President Fiona Simson has congratulated The Hon. Ed Husic MP on his new responsibility of shadow agriculture spokesperson. 

“We look forward to briefing Mr Husic on the NFF’s plan for agriculture to be a $100 billion industry by 2030. A plan that has the support of his party, the Government and industry.”

“The priority issues for agriculture continue to be trade and market access, biosecurity, workforce shortages, enhancing the R&D system and agriculture’s role in a reduced emissions future. 

“These are all complex issues, which for farmers interests to be best advanced, require a non-partisan approach wherever possible.” 

Ms Simson said agriculture was also in the box seat to drive the nation’s COVID-19 recovery as outlined in the NFF’s Get Australia Growing document. 

“At the earliest opportunity we would welcome the chance to brief Mr Husic on the investment and policies the NFF has identified as needed for the farm sector and the bush to best contribute to Australia’s economic recovery.

“This includes a renaissance of regional food and fibre manufacturing and processing and a bona fide, holistic, smart plan for developing our regions.” 

Ms Simson also thanked outgoing shadow agriculture spokesperson, Hon JoelFitzgibbon MP.  

“Mr Fitzgibbon’s tenure in the ‘agriculture seat’, either as Minister or shadow, spans more than seven years. 

“During that time, Mr Fitzgibbon has supported farmers through droughts, floods and bushfires and he should be recognised for his contribution to agriculture’s public policy discussion.” 

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