IT WAS Prime Minister John Howard who coined the ‘pub test’ concept, current affairs shows have followed suit with success, and now AgForce is taking this popular concept to the people of Townsville and environs with a ‘politics and the paddock’ event next week.
And a special invitation is going out to residents of north Queensland who harbour a special interest in the future of agriculture after the forthcoming State Election to attend a special ‘Politics in the Pub’ forum in Townsville on Thursday, November 16.
AgForce General President, Grant Maudsley, said agriculture is one of the foundations of the Queensland economy, especially in the north, and the forum would provide an opportunity for all political parties to outline their plans to help drive the industry forward.
“Demand for our high quality food and fibre is growing, but for Queensland agriculture to achieve its full potential, we need governments to adopt the right policy settings so farmers can get on with the job of feeding our state, our country and consumers across the world,” he said
“Regional Queensland is in the spotlight perhaps more than ever before in this state election, and North Queensland voters in particular will have a huge role in shaping our next State Government.
“The first week of the official campaign period has seen Labor announce its vegetation management policy and carbon fund, while the LNP has outlined a regional water infrastructure plan — and we expect there will be more announcements in the next two weeks relevant to agriculture.
“The free forum AgForce is hosting in Townsville is aimed at the wider region, with invitations extended to all the candidates and voters from the electorates of Townsville, Mundingburra, Thuringowa, Burdekin, Hinchinbrook and Traeger.
“Each of the political parties — Labor, LNP, One Nation, the Katter Party and the Greens — will have an opportunity to nominate a representative to make an opening statement of up to five minutes each, with the forum to then be open to questions.
“It promises to be an interesting and informative event, and I encourage anyone with an interest in agriculture to come along and hear what the political aspirants have to say,” Grant Maudsley said.
The ‘Politics in the Pub’ forum will be held at the Commonwealth Hotel, 46 Allen Street, South Townsville, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Thursday, November 16, 2017, with former ABC Rural journalist Pete Lewis to MC the event.
For more information and to register, click here http://bit.ly/2hALy1h and for more information about AgForce’s ‘Thriving Farms, Thriving Queensland’ State Election policy platform, click here http://bit.ly/2luwB5h