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NEW LAWS TO HELP PROTECT OUR FARMERS

A re-elected Morrison Government will introduce new legislation to make it an offence to use a carriage service, such as the internet, to disclose personal information to incite trespass on agricultural land where that could cause commercial detriment.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson welcomed the announcement, saying farmers needed protection from extreme activists who are targeting their homes, businesses and families.

“Australians rely on our farmers and the agricultural industry every day and they should not be subjected to the illegal invasion of their property and their privacy,” Mr Wilson said.

“There must be consequences for this extreme behaviour.

“The use of personal information like names and addresses to incite people to break the law is just not on and we need to take strong measures to ensure these activists feel the full force of the law.”

If re-elected, the Morrison government will pass laws which will ensure what Aussie Farms is doing is illegal and punishable by up to 12 months’ imprisonment.

The Government will ensure these new offences have appropriate exemptions such as those for bona-fide journalists and whistleblowers.

“Our farm and agriculture sector is a $60 billion industry, employing thousands of Australians in rural and regional areas, and we can’t afford to put this at risk because of the actions of these extremists,” Mr Wilson said.

“I know the overwhelming majority of farmers and primary producers do the right thing and care for their animals humanely, and they shouldn’t face this type of law-breaking and deliberate targeting.

“This demonstrates that the Liberal National Government is prepared to stand up and protect our farmers and agriculture industry, and ensure that extreme activists are called to account for their actions.”

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.