Ag col­leges

Dalby Herald - - NEWS -

LA­BOR’S si­lence on ag col­leges fails our next gen­er­a­tion of farm­ers.

As if the rev­e­la­tions that the La­bor Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to sit on a se­cret re­port into the fu­ture of the Queens­land Agri­cul­tural Train­ing Col­leges (QATC) cam­puses in Emer­ald and Lon­greach weren’t enough, the fact that it re­fused to even re­spond to ques­tions of the col­leges’ fu­ture should sound alarm bells.

For La­bor Agri­cul­ture Minister Mark Furner to not even re­spond to gen­uine com­mu­nity and in­dus­try con­cerns on the fu­ture of QATC shows the true con­tempt of this La­bor Gov­ern­ment’s anti-farmer and anti-agri­cul­ture agenda.

It is an ab­so­lute dis­grace that La­bor has de­lib­er­ately run the col­leges into the ground, so they can jus­tify their even­tual clo­sure.

While it’s com­mon knowl­edge that QATC are not what they once were, a Deb Freck­ling­ton Liberal Na­tional Party Gov­ern­ment would re­verse this trend with sup­port and fund­ing.

It’s time for La­bor to come clean on its plans for our agri­cul­ture col­leges.

Our next gen­er­a­tion of farm­ers de­serve bet­ter.

Queens­land’s agri­cul­tural in­dus­trial de­serves bet­ter.

Our com­mu­ni­ties that ser­vice and are sup­ported by these col­leges de­serve bet­ter.

Queens­land de­serves bet­ter. — Tony Per­rett MP, LNP Shadow Minister for Agri­cul­ture, Fish­eries and Forestry

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