Federation Chamber – STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS – Barker Electorate: Primary Industry

Mr PASIN ( Barker ) ( 16:14 ): I rise today to congratulate both Primary Producers SA, or PAPAS as we know them, and the National Farmers Federation on their announcement last Friday of their new partnership. Primary Producers SA is a coalition of peak bodies representing primary producers in South Australia. PPSA’s foundation members are Grain Producers SA, Livestock SA, the Horticulture Coalition of SA, the Wine Grape Council of SA and the South Australian Dairyfarmers Association. These are all significant industries in my electorate of Barker and, as such, I have a keen interest to not only do my best to represent these industries in this place but also see that South Australian farmers are represented on the national stage with their interstate counterparts through the brilliant work of the NFF. To make the most of the opportunities, deals and challenges that face primary producers in South Australia, it’s important that their voice is heard strongly with the rest of the nation when advocating for their interests in this place.

I was pleased to attend the GROWING SA 2017 conference in Hahndorf on Friday, where the announcement was made. I congratulated in person Tony Mahar, CEO of the NFF, and Rob Kerin, former Premier and Executive Chairman of PPSA. South Australia has a lot to contribute to our nation and so does its farmers. I’m glad to hear that they are going to be represented in this place