Fresh food tax stopped by The Nationals working with farmers and industry

The crippling fresh food tax that was expected to be implemented by the Federal Labor government and damaging for many farm sectors has been scrapped

Victorian farmer Ben Duxson runs a busy livestock and cropping farm operation at Kanya in the Wimmera region of Victoria and is glad to see a reprieve of Labor’s fresh food tax but remains sceptical of a replacement tax being implemented

Leader of The Nationals David Littleproud said agriculture industries all over Australia will be spared from paying Labor’s fresh food tax, or planned biosecurity protection levy.

Adding he was proud The Nationals, farmers and industry successfully helped scrap the tax, after months of campaigning, which was due to be implemented from 1 July 2024.

“Labor’s fresh food tax would have hurt families at the checkout as well as 84 agricultural commodities, which faced taxes to raise $150 million over three years,” David Littleproud explained.

“The biosecurity protection levy will not get the support it needs in the Senate, ensuring Labor’s senseless and terrible tax idea doesn’t come to fruition.

“The Nationals will always fight for common sense and fight for our regional, rural and remote farming communities. Labor’s terrible tax plan was another attack on our farming industry.”

However, David Littleproud added he remained concerned Labor had created a sustainable biosecurity funding advisory panel earlier this year, to look at ways farmers could eventually pay more for biosecurity.

The Nationals banded together with farmers and industry to protest against Labor’s fresh food tax and eventually saw its abolishment with all eyes now on where Labor will strike next – shown here is the Nationals leader David Littleproud second from right working with NFF members

“A recent meeting of the panel indicated there was no support for an alternative producer funded contribution. Labor must now come clean and declare it will scrap the levy and scrap the tax from reaching the Senate and Australian farmers,” David Littleproud added.

“Labor must also declare that it will leave the current industry-imposed primary industries levies system alone that invests in research and development, marketing and biosecurity.

“The primary industries levies system is critical to the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of agriculture, and farmers need to know this system will not be used by the Albanese Labor Government to implement a tax,” David Littleproud concluded.

Victorian farmer Ben Duxson, who runs 8500 merino sheep as well as cropping canola, barley and wheat on his 5500-acre farm in Kanya Wimmera VIC, said he was relieved Labor’s tax had been scrapped but remained sceptical about farmers getting a reprieve.

“It appears Labor hates farmers and they seem to want to keep making our lives harder,” Ben Duxson adds.

“The sooner Labor goes, the better it will be for Australian agriculture, starting with lower taxes for farmers, which, in turn, ensures we can keep providing fresh and affordable produce for Australian families,” Ben Duxson concluded.