Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s trade trip to China and South Korea is an insult to Queensland canegrowers strangled by India’s illegal sugar dumping.
LNP Shadow Agriculture Minister Tony Perrett said Queensland canegrowers clearly weren’t a priority for Annastacia Palaszczuk.
“India dumped five million tonnes of subsidised sugar onto the world market and sent the price paid for Australian sugar crashing, but the Premier was nowhere to be seen,” Mr Perrett said.
“While I hope the trade mission to China and South Korea brings economic benefits to Queensland, the Premier should have shown the same willingness to fly the flag for our sugar farmers and directly engage with India.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk couldn’t even manage a brief stopover in India on her upcoming trip to Asia.
“An LNP Government would go into bat for Queensland sugar farmers and stand up to India.”
Mr Perrett said the $2 billion sugar cane supply chain was a major employer and supported communities right up the Queensland coastline.
“The Premier and her Labor Government are missing in action when it comes to standing up for Queensland cane growers and the economically significant industry,” Mr Perrett said.
“What we have seen from India is neither free or fair and should be quite rightly called out.
“It’s time for the Labor Government to stand up for Queensland cane growers and take this issue of illegal sugar dumping up with India.
“Inaction is not an option when our communities are on the line.
“It’s essential that, as a nation, we continue to support free and fair trade as it benefits everyone involved.”