Ag visas vital for regional Tasmania, Senator Martin says

The federal Government's adjustments to Australia's immigration policy are positive but will not fix the shortage of unskilled farm labour in Tasmania, Nationals Senator Steve Martin said today.

“An agricultural visa is the weapon we need to make sure our farmers get the help they need.”

"I have spent a lot of time listening to food producers and they all say that without ag visas, our great Tassie produce will rot in the fields," Senator Martin said.

"I disagree with my friend, Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck, who told the Land newspaper they were not necessary.”

"The idea that you can force the unemployed into seasonal fruit picking is fantasy.”

"Getting a fair share for regional Tasmania means seasonal labour and that requires an agricultural visa to bring workers here," Senator Martin concluded.