This new one-vote, one-value legislation is not about electoral fairness, it is about improving WA Labor's results at future elections by silencing the voices of regional and rural Western Australians.
Wwith the next election three and a half years away, we suspect the Labor government wants these reforms done and dusted before Christmas so they have plenty of time to clear the air before asking for your vote again at the next election.
Up until now regional WA has elected 18 of the 36 Upper House MPs, but only represents a quarter of the population.
We saw a great opportunity for a new exporter to come in and give growers another option, and we wanted to move quickly.
It became apparent when the results of the 2021 State Election were announced that major inequities had formed in our system of electing the Western Australian Legislative Council.
For most tonnes that found their way through our supply chains and onto a boat, a handsome margin was earned by the bulk handler/trader.
National Farmers Federation president Fiona Simson says farmers have weighed up the costs of not acting on climate change and are seeking a constructive and positive pathway forward.