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Political Games affecting WA’s Agriculture Sector

The Department of Agriculture is in the spotlight again after losing yet another Minister, the third in three years.

After the Liberal Party’s failed spill this week, Dean Nalder has been shut out of cabinet - with his portfolios coping the blow.

For many years the Department of Agriculture had fallen by the wayside of the state government, slashing hundreds of jobs and millions from the budget.

But recently there had been a more positive feeling, with Mr Nalder committing to growth and outlining his priorities for the sector.

Now, though, the future of that progress is uncertain, with an interim-minister to be announced today and a state election in March.

As reported in ABC.net.au, Western Australian Farmers Federation president Tony York is pushing for a dedicated agricultural minister.

"We have consistently called for an independent agriculture minister, a dedicated agriculture minister would be preferable," he said.

"It is disappointing that it's been changing hands a number of times and I think it's probably been a reflection that the Government's been focused on other parts of the Western Australian economy."

CPSU/CSA members back the push for a standalone agricultural minister.

For more on this issue see:

ABC ONLINE: WA's agriculture sector pushes for standalone minister to end instability

By Eliza Laschon

The WA agricultural sector is putting pressure on Premier Colin Barnett to appoint a standalone agriculture minister amid the "instability" in the portfolio, after the shock resignation of former minister Dean Nalder.

Mr Barnett faced a headache to fill the portfolio in his March Cabinet reshuffle but settled on Mr Nalder who came from a farming background.

Six months on, Mr Barnett has now been forced into replacing Mr Nalder as agriculture and transport minister, as well as former local government minister Tony Simpson who quit Cabinet, a move that ultimately led to Tuesday's unsuccessful leadership spill.

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Peak groups chase full-time ag minister

MAL GILL & JACINTA BOLSENBROEK

FARMING'S two peak bodies in WA plus an organisation linked to the State's major trading partner have called on Premier Colin Barnett to appoint a single-portfolio Agriculture and Food Minister. 

WAFarmers, Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA) WA branch and the Indonesia Institute each called on Mr Barnett to appoint separate ministers to fill cabinet vacancies on Tuesday, after his continued leadership was ensured by failure of a Liberal party-room spill motion. 

But, as Farm Weekly went to press, a spokeswoman for Mr Barnett said he had indicated he would move as quickly as possible to fill the "two cabinet vacancies" caused by the resignations of ministers Dean Nalder and Tony Simpson on Saturday.

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FARM GROUPS ANGRY OVER AG TREATMENT

WA’S two peak farming bodies plus an organisation linked to the State’s major trading partner have called on Premier Colin Barnett to appoint a single-portfolio Agriculture and Food Minister.

WAFarmers, the Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA) and the Indonesia Institute each called on Mr Barnett to appoint separate ministers to fill cabinet vacancies on Tuesday, after his continued leadership was ensured by failure of a Liberal party room spill motion.

A spokeswoman for Mr Barnett said he had indicated he would move as quickly as possible to fill the “two cabinet vacancies” caused by the resignations of ministers Dean Nalder and Tony Simpson on Saturday.

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