Labor went into the last election with a promise to keep South Australia’s genetically modified crop moratorium. Many South Australians voted for them on this basis. And now they’ve turned their back on the majority of farmers who want to grow GM-free food and all of us who want to eat it.
Labor have stitched up a deal with the South Australian Government to lift the GM moratorium with no protection for non-GM farmers whose crops are contaminated by GMOs. Let’s be clear – GM contamination is inevitable wherever GM crops are grown. And it is currently non-GM farmers who will have to bear the cost of testing, lost income and decertification when contamination does occur.
As SA-Best’s Frank Pangallo put it, the SA Government and Labor have “thrown farmers under the harvester”.
Labor have introduced amendments to the Government’s Bill that would allow councils to recommend that their areas remain GM-free. But the ultimate say will rest with Minister Whetstone. Minister Whetstone has already tabled regulations to lift the moratorium four times after the Legislative Council voted three times to keep it. He has already shown his contempt for not only Parliament, but for the people of South Australia and our democratic processes. What makes Labor think he’ll listen to our councils?
Please contact Labor and demand that they put farmer protection measures into the Bill:
- Eddie Hughes MP, Shadow Primary Industries Minister: firstname.lastname@example.org, 08 8645 7800
- Peter Malinauskas MP, Opposition Leader: email@example.com, 08 83462462
- Kyam Maher, Leader of the Opposition in the Upper House, firstname.lastname@example.org, (08) 8237 9149.
- Leon Bignell MP: email@example.com, 08 8556 5722