Labor won’t make rates fair for farmers

Monday 12 November 2018

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said Daniel Andrews’ rates cap has been anything but ‘fair’, particularly for farmers who are already under pressure from drought and high energy and water prices.

“City-centric Labor just don’t seem to understand the pressure farmers are under with rates,” Mr McCurdy said.

“Labor says it “will support an inquiry into the council rating system”, but won’t apply a category-based rates cap.

“This will mean no relief for farmers who’ve already faced skyrocketing rates rises this year.

“With rates rising up to 30 per cent in some shires, it will only get tougher for our farmers while Daniel Andrews refuses to make sure his rates cap is applied in a fair and equitable way.”

Mr McCurdy said farmers were calling for answers and action, and the Liberal Nationals were listening.

“If elected, a Liberal Nationals Government will act to make rates fair for farmers, prioritising an independent review into farm rates in Victoria,” he said.

“We’ll also get rate rises under control by applying the cap to all rating categories while the review is undertaken.

“Only a Liberal Nationals Government will be committed to easing the cost of living, and that includes fairer rates for all our farmers.”

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