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Nationals Senate motion over a Facebook post demonstrates desperation in face of potentially losing the state seat of Lismore to the Greens

Media Release
Janet Rice 27 Nov 2018

The Nationals are showing their desperation to not lose the state seat of Lismore to the Greens, following a motion introduced in the Australian Senate today.

“The motion over a Facebook post shows the National Party are desperate to hold on to the state seat of Lismore, a seat they very nearly lost to the Greens at the last election,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens agriculture and rural affairs spokesperson.

“Instead of recognising that they’re on the nose in the Northern Rivers because they sold the farmers and farming communities out to coal seam gas, they are wasting the Senate’s time on a Facebook post.”

“Instead of recognising that farmers are fed up with the Nationals burying their heads in the sand when it comes to climate change while drought ravages regional and remote communities across Australia, the Nationals are focused on playing games in parliament.”

“Meanwhile the Greens in the Northern Rivers, as with Greens across the country, are standing with and supporting farmers. In fact the Greens in the Northern Rivers are farmers, including our excellent candidate for the state seat of Lismore, dry land rice grower Sue Higginson.”

Lines atrributable to Sue Higginson, Northern Rivers farmer and Greens candidate for the state seat of Lismore:

“The irony is that while Senators Williams and O’Sullivan are making hay out of a Facebook post and selling farmers out to their coal and gas lobbyist mates, I was out loading a semi-trailer with stock fodder grown on my farm to send to cattle farmers in the west of NSW who are enduring the drought."

“If the Nationals want to really help farmers, that’s how they can help farmers, not clutching at straws over a Facebook post.”

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