As the March 15 State election gets closer, there is much discussion on the future of primary production in the Fleurieu, Murraylands and Adelaide Hills.
That is why I immediately accepted my invitation to attend the FLAG public politician’s forum at the Old Mill at Hahndorf on Friday, February 21 at 6pm.
Given South Australia’s precarious economic situation at present, there is a major opportunity at present to put the focus on economic growth opportunities in agriculture and the food industry.
I have been surprised to see this election campaign that the only farming-focussed group to stage a public forum has been FLAG, and full credit to them.
There is a host of urgent matters to consider, like Right to Farm, the intrusion of the Natural Resources Management and Native Vegetation Acts into primary production and land rights, and sourcing export opportunities to improve farm gate prices. These issues need to be debated publicly before the election.
I welcome the opportunity to attend a grass roots political forum.
I know full well that not all will agree with what individual politicians have to say. However a public forum gives the opportunity for members of the public to put questions to Members of Parliament or candidates – that’s how political campaigning used to work.
Nowadays spin doctors hide their bosses from the hard questions.
If you want to be heard and cut through the political spin, I encourage you to attend the forum.