Rally a success for local farmers

LOCAL farmers and supporters will regroup at the Lismore Workers Club tomorrow afternoon after returning triumphant from a successful rally in Canberra this week.

The Federal Government announced a Senate inquiry into land clearing laws and property rights on Thursday following the second farmers’ rally on the steps of Parliament House in less than a month.

Farmers are protesting against laws that they say are a breach of their constitutional lands ownership rights.

This time an estimated 4000 people attended the rally after the NSW Farmers Association organised 30 buses to ferry farmers from around the State.

Local supporter Anne Thompson described the rally as ‘brilliant’.

“I’ve never seen so many Akubras and blue shirts before in my life,” she said.

“Peter Spencer and Barnaby Joyce spoke, and Allan Jones flew in, and Tony Abbott was applauded loudly as he lent his support to the proceedings.

“He jogged over from Parliament House with his sleeves rolled up. We had to have someone from Parliament. How could the politicians not attend?”

NSW Farmers’ Association president Charles Armstrong said the inquiry clearly showed there were serious concerns that needed to be examined.

“The NSW Farmers’ Association has been working for years to get Government to understand how badly these laws effect production for farmers, and we are very pleased the Senate will look at these issues,” he said.

“We are extremely worried that farmers continually face an erosion of their property rights through governmental legislation that often doesn’t recognise this impact,” he said.

Marshall Fittler, organiser of the ‘Coooeee, Peter Spencer’ support meeting at the Lismore Workers Club tomorrow at 2pm, said it was the next step in the campaign.

“The time for talk is over. This is an action meeting,” he said.

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