Law delays leave farmers exposed to illegal trespass
The Andrews Government has been questioned by Eastern Victoria MP Melina Bath about why it has not followed though on its agreement to impose on-the-spot fines for illegal farm trespassers, such as have been passed in other states.
Ms Bath said Gippsland's farms have been adversely impacted by trespassers and need the government to step in.
A parliamentary inquiry recommended on-the-spot fines be implemented as a solution to stop extreme animal activists breaking into farms, stealing livestock and damaging biosecurity in February 2020.
However, Ms Bath said more than a year after the Inquiry report was handed down and six months since Labor finally agreed to the recommendation, farmers are still waiting for change.