SENATOR PAULINE Hanson has demanded that Labor confirm if it plans to torpedo safeguards put in place to protect the Australian sugar cane industry.
Senator Hanson explained Labor was planning to vote with the Liberal Democrats and remove a code of conduct that regulates the conduct of sugar cane growers, mill owners and marketers.
“This is typical of the Labor Party. They have refused to step in and assist the cane farmers and their communities. They are nothing but talk when it comes to protecting Australian industry and business,” Senator Hanson said.
“One Nation fought alone for this code of conduct, and now Labor is set to destroy the sugar cane industry because they would rather do the bidding of Wilmar’s lobbyists than listen to the needs of our cane growers.”
“Have Wilmar’s donations to Queensland Labor silenced Annastacia Palaszczuk and allowed her colleagues to attack Queensland farmers.”
One Nation was a key player in ensuring the code of conduct was brought in to assist Australian sugar cane farmers in their ongoing dispute with Wilmar Mills, a Singaporean-owned multi-national.
“This is grossly irresponsible of Labor. They need to clear this up and end the uncertainty they continue to inflict on Australia’s sugar cane growers,” Senator Hanson said.
“The idea that any Australian political party would put the interests of foreign-owned multi-nationals ahead of Australian farmers is simply disgusting.”
Senator Hanson went on to issue this challenge to the Labor Party:
“Will Labor join with One Nation and support Australian farmers and Australian industry? Or is this another case of Labor doing favours for their billionaire mates?”
Senator Hanson stated that she would be seeking assurances from the Government and Labor that they would act to protect the Sugar Code of Conduct and called on Queensland Labor and the Liberal National Party to do the same.