Federal Election 2016

Five key election issues for sugar region economies

CANEGROWERS will be urging all political parties standing in ‘sugar seats’ in the 2016 Federal Election to commit to measures which secure the future growth and prosperity of this important Queensland industry.

“We are seeking commitments and assurances around five policy areas vital for a profitable future for our farmers and the regional economies and communities our industry supports,” CANEGROWERS Chairman Paul Schembri said.

“Sugar is a valuable export commodity for Australia, the second largest for Queensland, with 80% of our production going offshore. 81,000 people work directly and indirectly in our industry which contributes $2 billion to the Australian economy each year.

“But there are a number of issues which need to be addressed by the next Australian Government, and all politicians, for Australia to maintain its place in the competitive global sugar market.”

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