TONY PASIN MP
MEMBER FOR BARKER
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT
“TASTE OF THE BASIN”
COALITION MEMBERS HOST BASIN FARMERS IN PARLIAMENT HOUSE
Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP has joined Coalition MPs and Senators who represent the Murray Darling Basin to highlight the vital role the Basin plays in the production of food and fibre.
7,300 irrigated agricultural businesses within the Basin produce a staggering 40 per cent of Australia’s food and fibre.
The inaugural ‘Taste of the Basin’ event organised by the group of Basin based Federal Coalition parliamentarians is an opportunity to showcase the variety of produce from the Basin including wine, dairy, rice, fruits, nuts and cotton – all of which are dependent on irrigation.
Mr Pasin said the event was highlighting the importance of water to Australia’s food security and economy.
“Producers will be able to tell policy makers firsthand how important our rivers are to food and fibre production from Queensland to South Australia in our nation’s food bowl,” Mr Pasin said.
“Unlimited water buybacks will impact our productivity and will make food prices in Australia more expensive.
“Everyone wants a healthy river, but they also want healthy industries and communities and to do that we need jobs across the supply chain.” The Senator said.
Mr Pasin said Barker producers were represented at the event with Nippy’s, Almonds Australia and Citrus SA showcasing their produce along side the diary, wine, beef, rice, stone fruit and cotton farmers from Victoria, NSW and Queensland.
“By putting these products front and centre in Parliament House, Canberra we are making it very hard for members of the Government and Cross Bench to ignore the enormous contribution that the productive pool of water from the Basin makes to our nation. Reducing this productive pool puts these products and the employment of everyone in the supply chain at risk,” Mr Pasin said.
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