Truss welcomes James Stacey to the fight against Labor in SA
LEADER of The Nationals Warren Truss today welcomed the announcement that Langhorne Creek dairy farmer James Stacey will head the Party’s Senate ticket at the next federal election.
“This is what The Nationals are all about,” Mr Truss said. “Real people who live in regional areas, who are passionate about their communities and committed to making those communities, their state and their nation better.
“James comes to the federal fight against Labor sharing the very same frustrations, bewilderment and dismay of what the Rudd-Gillard governments have inflicted upon this country.
“Recently the Prime Minister was effusively heralding that Australia would become the food bowl of Asia. Farmers across South Australia know we are in a position to achieve that goal, but only if the Labor-Greens monkey is off farmers’ backs.
“In the federal budget the government lauded itself for not making wholesale cuts to agriculture, but we know it’s because there is literally nothing left to cut. Under Labor, the operating budget of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has been slashed from $3.8 billion to a mere $1.8 billion.
“Productivity-based research and development is petering out to the point that many developing countries are out-spending Australia. We’re not just playing catch up anymore, we’re being left behind.
“Meanwhile, foreign investors are eagerly buying up Australian farms and agribusiness in a frenzied bid to secure their own food security. And they can do so unabated, as the Gillard government sits idly by and watches but does nothing to shore-up Australia’s national interests.
“Labor has lost the plot and is being driven by the Greens who have more say over government policy than Labor’s own backbench.
“James has seen the needs on the ground in his own community and across South Australia. The sheer lack of rural and regional representation, those prepared to champion the issues that matter to real people living in real communities must be addressed.
“James is making a stand and I urge South Australians to join him. Whenever the next election is held… next week, next month or next year, The Nationals are ready for government.
“South Australians need and deserve a rural voice in a future Coalition government.
“Regional South Australia is the economic engine room for the state’s economy, through agriculture and mining, but also a major contributor to national prosperity. Regional South Australians are entitled to share in the spoils of what they generate for this state and their nation.
“It’s time to put something back into regional SA, it’s time to send a SA National to Canberra.”
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