Government’s tactics “playing” with farmers’ security: SA-BEST

19 December 2019

The desperate actions of the State Government to again introduce regulations as a way of forcing the lifting of a moratorium to allow farmers to grow GM crops is “reckless politics”, according to SA-BEST

SA-BEST MLCs Connie Bonaros and Frank Pangallo said the move by the Marshall Government was “playing with the security of SA farmers”.

Frank said: “This latest desperate move by the government is not going to give farmers any confidence if they know there’s a chance it could be defeated again.

“This is a reckless game of politics Primary Industries Minister, Tim Whetstone, is playing. If he refuses to introduce a Bill to lift the moratorium, I will,” he said.

“We will use the next couple of months to develop a Bill that will satisfy all stakeholders. We will be consulting extensively with them over coming weeks to ensure we get it right.”

“The last time the government rushed its Bill through Parliament, we only had four hours to debate it. We wanted more time – but the government refused to sit for a further day or two to allow that to occur.

“We have said to the government – and we will say it again – if you want the moratorium lifted, introduce another Bill, be open to sensible and proper negotiation, and it might be surprised by the result.

“SA-BEST does not oppose GM crops but wants the government to consider a safety net for those who don’t want to grow GM crops.

Connie said: “Has Minister Whetstone learned nothing from the past few weeks of Parliament where both his previous regulations attempt was disallowed and his subsequent Bill voted down by the Upper House.

“Again he is abusing the processes of Parliament which SA-BEST will not tolerate.”

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