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Spineless Labour attacks economy's back-bone

Spineless Labour attacks economy's back-bone

The Labour Government has proved again that it's no friend of farmers, says National Agriculture spokesman David Carter.

"They've been anti-farming for years and they still are.

"While opening the Federated Farmers Annual Conference Jim Sutton tried to minimise his Government's anti-farming stance by saying other politicians have described agriculture as a 'sunset industry'.

"What he neglected to mention was that the politician who made those remarks was a former Labour Prime Minister - David Lange," says Mr Carter.

"When David Lange made that remark he showed Labours' true colours and Jim Sutton did the same when he branded farmers as 'whingers'.

"The farming sector is absolutely right to protest against the so-called 'flatulence tax', which serves no purpose other than the fulfillment of Labour's ideological agenda," Mr Carter says.

"His attack on farmers for speaking out shows just how out of touch Mr Sutton is with grass-roots frustration," says Mr Carter.

"Silence isn't an option for farmers, who like the rest of us, are paying the price for 15 new 'sly' taxes, before the ridiculous new 'flatulence tax' is put on the agenda.

"What's worse is the Government is planning to rail-road this new tax into place," says Mr Carter.

"We're left wondering who he's consulting and when he'll start listening to those people he's supposed to represent.

"National is listening and we will repeal this absurd tax grab.

"It would appear the Government has already made up its mind and if that's the Government's stance, then protest is the only option," Mr Carter says.

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