Mildura MP Ali Cupper puts ag visa bid on PM’s desk

Mildura MP Ali Cupper, left, and Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie, right.
Mildura MP Ali Cupper, left, and Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie, right.

MEMBER for Mildura Ali Cupper has proposed leading a delegation of Sunraysia growers to meet Prime Minister Scott Morrison to discuss the need for an agriculture-specific visa amid a “looming labour crisis”.

Ms Cupper has written to Mr Morrison outlining the urgent need for the Federal Government to “provide a pathway for the currently undocumented workforce to stay in Australia legally” as growers in Sunraysia faced concerns regarding the implementation of new labour-hire licensing laws in October.

Ms Cupper’s letter said Sunraysia horticulture industries such as table grapes and citrus had become increasingly reliant on labour provided by illegal immigrants, arranged through labour-hire contractors.

“The growers and business owners across my electorate are all telling me the same thing: they want to know their workers are being paid properly for their labour, and that they are living in good conditions and are protected by Australian law,” the letter said.

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