Politics and the paddock to meet in a Townsville pub


As the state election campaigning winds on, North Queenslanders with an interest in the future of agriculture can hear from the horse’s mouth at a special ‘Politics in the Pub’ forum being run by AgForce in Townsville next week.

Each of the political parties – Labor, LNP, One Nation, the Katter Party and the Greens -have been invited to nominate a representative to make an opening statement of up to five minutes each, with the forum to then be open to questions.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley says the forum would provide an opportunity for all political parties to outline their plans to help drive the industry forward.

“Regional Queensland is in the spotlight perhaps more than ever before in this State Election and North Queensland voters in particular will have a huge role in shaping our next State Government.”

“The first week of the official campaign period has seen Labor announce its vegetation management policy and carbon fund while the LNP has outlined a regional water infrastructure plan, and we expect there will be more announcements in the next two weeks relevant to agriculture.”

The free forum is aimed at the wider region with invitations extended to all the candidates and voters from the electorates of Townsville, Mundingburra, Thuringowa, Burdekin, Hinchinbrook and Traeger.

“It promises to be an interesting and informative event and I encourage anyone with an interest in agriculture to come along and hear what the political aspirants have to say.”

The ‘Politics in the Pub’ forum will be held at the Commonwealth Hotel, 46 Allen Street, South Townsville from 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Thursday 16 November 2017, with former ABC Rural journalist Pete Lewis to MC the event.

For more information and to register, click here http://bit.ly/2hALy1h and for more information about AgForce’s ‘Thriving Farms, Thriving Queensland’ State Election policy platform, click here http://bit.ly/2luwB5h