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Right to farm legislation a step closer

By Country News

The debate on right to farm legislation has begun in the upper house of NSW state parliament, and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party said it was a result of its efforts.

NSW Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party leader Robert Borsak said his party campaigned for years to protect farmers and animal enterprises with the Right to Farm Bill.

The Right to Farm Bill defends against nuisance claims of smells and noise, as well as the threat of activist farm invasions or damage.

Mr Borsak chaired the Select Committee on Landowner Protection from Unauthorised Filming and Surveillance last year, and also introduced the Animal Protection and Crimes Legislation Amendment (Reporting Animal Cruelty and Protection of Animal Enterprises) Bill 2018.

He said it was the first step in developing strong protections for farmers against "threatening vegan farm invaders".

“Vegan ideology is one of the biggest threats that farmers face,” Mr Borsak said.

“The agricultural industry brings in around $13 billion dollars a year, not to mention food security to this state.

“This should be our priority, not virtue signalling farm terrorists.”

The SFF will be amending the bill to include protections for all animal enterprises, including butcheries, restaurants and rodeos, making farm invasions and protests illegal on enclosed lands.

“While the minister had assured us it was not his intention to make peaceful protest or industrial action unlawful, our amendments will ensure that this is the case,” Mr Borsak said.