Media release

John Bjelke-Petersen, Queensland leader of the Palmer United Party, has called for the National Party to return their attention to Australia’s farmers instead of trying to appease the Liberal Party.

Mr Bjelke-Petersen said the National Party is failing Australia’s farmers, the party’s true constituents.

“The National Party needs to stop being controlled by the Liberal Party and stand their ground when it comes to supporting Australia’s farmers,” Mr Bjelke-Petersen said.

“The National Party is being absorbed into the Liberal Party and drought-stricken farmers have been forgotten.

“Farmers are the backbone of Australia and many are struggling to navigate the red tape ridden drought relief application process.”

Mr Bjelke-Petersen said there are hundreds of pages of red tape that are preventing farmers from accessing drought relief.

“At a time when we need to drastically reduce red tape to allow farmers better access to drought relief, we have the National Party who are doing nothing to support their true constituents,” he said.

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