“We are making these temporary changes to support growers in our region and to ensure our food security.
“Our farmers here in Wright work hard, they invest into their businesses, supply us with the quality foods we eat everyday and they rely on having workers available to pick and pack the world class produce grown right here.
“I’ve been speaking to a number of growers from across the electorate over the last few weeks and given the ongoing Coronavirus crisis – they’ve been concerned with having access to a sufficient workforce to get the product out of the paddock and onto your plate.
“I raised these matters directly with Minister Tudge and Minister Littleproud – and the Government has acted.
“These changes provide assurances to farmers, growers and processors and will mean local product will continue to feed our nation.
“It is also important to remember – many thousands of Australians have lost their jobs recently. That’s why we’re maintaining the rules around prioritising job access for Australians.
“Over the next few weeks and months there will be thousands of jobs available in the sector, as produce is harvested, processed and packaged.