Farmer support pledge

THE State Liberals have pledged to help farmers involved in land access disputes with resource companies by funding the Small Business Commissioner to facilitate the resolution of complaints.

If elected at next year’s election, a Liberal State Government will develop and implement an industry code of conduct to allow farmers to access an independent agency to provide them with advice and advocacy when an exploration or mining company seeks access to their land.

Shadow Energy and Mining Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan said the independent commissioner would seek to address the “significant power imbalance” between resource companies and farmers running small businesses.

“Our agriculture and mining sectors are both fundamental components of South Australia’s economy and great contributors

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