Producers say Labour out of touch

Phil Goff fronted Federated Farmer’s yesterday and copped a toweling he won’t forget in a hurry. They were probably sniggering about his hobby farm in Clevedon as they handed out the shellacking.

Labour leader Phil Goff was forced to defend his party’s policies today after he was accused of wanting to keep Northland impoverished and driving some farmers out of business.

Goff addressed the Federated Farmers national conference in Wellington this morning.

Federated Farmers Northland president Matt Long told Goff he was ”extremely disappointed” Labour wanted to scrap the Puhoi to Wellsford highway.

”It’s vital for my community that we are not isolated from our suppliers and markets.

”This is about jobs and economic development.

”Or is it your policy to keep the north impoverished?”

I’ve always known that their sloganeering designed to try and elect Jacinda Ardern would bite them

An irrigated Canterbury grain farmer told Goff Labour’s proposed water charge on his property would cost $234,000 a year and would force him to convert to dairy farming.

”How does taxing my water use, how is that justified to use that money to repair a degraded river system in South Auckland?”


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