Category Archives: Farming

Government measures for Spring Shearing season inadequate

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers MLC Rick Mazza is urging the State Government to provide an exemption for interstate contract shearers to fill a looming shortfall of workers for the spring shearing season. Mr Mazza recently asked a Parliamentary question to Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan as to how the labour shortage will be addres...

Bushfire mitigation policies must remain

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers MLC Rick Mazza has warned against changing Western Australia’s successful bushfire mitigation policies after learning of a petition and campaign to severely restrict or cease the practice of prescribed burning in south-west forests. Mr Mazza said he understands an independent group of university academics a...

Mazza unlocks Economic Opportunity for State

Regional Western Australia has the opportunity to benefit from expedited development projects following Agricultural MLC Rick Mazza of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party’s successful amendments to the Planning and Development Amendment Bill 2020 in the Legislative Council. The planning reforms give the Western Australian Planning C...

Mazza Leads Charge on Farm Legislation

Written by Aiden Smith for Farm Weekly TRESPASS laws, environmental green tape, the power of supermarkets in the supply chain and relocating lifestylers causing problems for farmers were hot topics in a debate over a motion put to State Parliament by Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party MP Rick Mazza. Mr Mazza, along with some Liberal memb...

Live export exemption vital for Trading Partners and Farmers

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party MLC Rick Mazza says it is vital the Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment, a new Australian Government Department established on February 1, 2020, grant the exporter a permit to allow 56,000 sheep stranded at a Baldivis feedlot to depart for the Middle East. The sheep were set to depa...

Unnecessary amendments unlikely to stop puppy farming

Agricultural Region MLC Rick Mazza of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party has labelled the Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2020 an unnecessary intervention in the governments rush to impose restrictions on good, law abiding dog owners in W.A. Under the proposed conditions, only approved breeders can breed dogs and owners will ...

Government riding on the coats of Activists to put more pressure on Farmers

Agricultural Region MLC Rick Mazza of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party has called the State Government’s proposed farm trespass legislation, which gives new powers to animal welfare inspectors, underhanded and a step too far. Under the proposed Animal Welfare and Trespass Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 Consultation Draft, inspec...

Declining kangaroo harvest numbers see Dramatic Population increase

A parliamentary question without notice by the Hon Rick Mazza MLC of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party has revealed kangaroo numbers in Western Australia have dramatically increased in four years due to declining harvest numbers of annual quotas. Red kangaroo population estimates were 1,825,760 last year up from 409,422 in 2014, rep...

Mazza’s motion secures private Property Rights inquiry

The upper house Standing Committee on Public Administration will conduct an inquiry into private property rights following Agricultural Region MLC Rick Mazza of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party’s successful motion on the subject in the Legislative Council. Mr Mazza raised a number of issues in his June 12, 2019 motion, primarily ...

Heavy handed approach to water bills ceases after Mazza questioning

Minister for Water Dave Kelly has instructed the Water Corporation to cease the practice of threatening some regional customers with referral to the RSPCA due to overdue water bills. During the past six months 10 customers have received letters threatening them if their water bill was not paid, the flow on their property would be reduced ...

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