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About the campaign

Agriculture is the lifeblood of rural and regional Queensland and a fundamental contributor to the state’s society and economy. Every Queensland farmer produces enough food to feed 600 people, 150 at home and 450 overseas. Across Australia, agriculture directly employs 307,000 people while the complete agricultural supply chain, including affiliated food and fibre industries, provide more than 1.6 million jobs to the economy.

Queensland and Australia have the most innovative primary producers in the world – pioneering new technology, leading animal welfare education and carefully balancing production and environmental outcomes. But there are issues standing in the way of our farmers doing the best job they can to feed and clothe Australia and the growing world population. These factors also stop the industry contributing to the economy.

The truth is if something doesn’t change soon, it’ll be too late for communities, for businesses, for individuals – for the very real people who are just like you, but are now living in conditions more reminiscent of some third-world countries. Limited water, lack of connectivity, poor roads and other infrastructure, shortages of, or in some cases no, teachers, police and doctors.

More of Queensland is drought declared now than it was twelve months ago. Entire communities are still recovering from the northern floods and will be for many years.

If farmers can’t grow the crops for our groceries, cafes and restaurants, we all suffer.

If regional Queensland is struggling, we’re all struggling.

We need you to stand with us – to stand up for regional Queensland – our farmers, teachers, doctors and nurses, our small businesses, families and community organisations.

The major players

QLD Minister for Agricultural Industry Development & Fisheries

Hon Mark Furner

  • Electorate: Ferny Grove
  • Party: Australian Labor Party (ALP)
MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE, DROUGHT AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENTDEPUTY LEADER OF THE NATIONAL PARTY

Hon David Littleproud

  • Electorate: Maranoa
  • Party: Liberal National Party (LNP) of QLD
qld premier, minister for trade

Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk

  • Electorate: Inala
  • Party: Australian Labor Party (ALP)
QLD SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

Mrs Deborah (Deb) Frecklington

  • Electorate: Nanango
  • Party: Liberal National Party (LNP)
QLD Member for Transport & Public Works Committee; Parliamentary Secretary

Mr Robert Katter

  • Electorate: Traeger
  • Party: Katter’s Australian Party
QLD Greens Senator

Mr Michael Berkman

  • Electorate: Maiwar
  • Party: Queensland Greens
NSW Shadow Minister for Agriculture & Resources

Hon Joel Fitzgibbon

  • Electorate: Hunter
  • Party: Australian Labor Party
LEADER OF THE NATIONALS IN THE SENATE

Hon Bridget McKenzie

  • Electorate: Victoria
  • Party: The Nationals
QLD senator

Ms Pauline Hanson

  • Electorate: Queensland
  • Party: Pauline Hanson’s One Nation

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Our community is a collective of amazing people and businesses who love Queensland agriculture.

Stand With Regional Queensland is an initiative of AgForce, a membership-based organisation that advocates on behalf of broad-acre producers in Queensland. Our purpose is to bring to light stories from both farmers on the ground, and metro fans of agriculture alike, so a conversation can freely take place.

AgForce is a non-government organisation and is not aligned to any political party.

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