MP slams new laws
Northern Victoria Region MP Tim Quilty has slammed the
Victorian parliament for passing the agriculture amendment bill yesterday
“This bill demonstrates the divide between the country and the Melbourne based
Victorian government,” Mr Quilty said.
In a statement today, Mr Quilty said
The Bill supported by both Labor and the opposition prevents hunters sharing meat
harvested from game animals.
Hunters could be charged for shooting a pest animal like a rabbit and feeding it to
the next-door neighbour’s cat. A farmer who butchers their own meat is no longer
allowed to share or gift this to their family and friends.
“This legislation is completely unworkable and shows what a lack of consultation
achieves. Many peak bodies have complained about not being approached by the
government before this legislation was released,” Mr Quilty said.
An authorised officer can now without court order or warrant enter someone’s
property, demand documents and ask any questions that they wish. If a farmer,
beekeeper or orchardist does not understand what is going on or does not provide
the documents, or gives incorrect information to the authorised officer, they can be
find over $18,000.
In addition, the legislation means a farmer could be fined over $80,000 if seeds from
a noxious weed is found in fodder transported to another farm or transported to
another part of their own farm.
“Most farmers work hard to control noxious weeds and feral animals on their land.
They have a far far better track record in this area then the state government, with
crown lands increasingly an incubator spewing out weeds and pest animals,” Mr
“The government would do better to focus on cleaning up it’s own backyard, instead
of pushing into everybody else’s.”