Federal election heats up in Barker

May 11 2022 - 5:35am

COVERING the state's South East, Coorong, Mallee, Riverland and Barossa regions, Barker is considered a very safe Liberal seat. Sitting MP Tony Pasin has represented the region since 2013 and will face eight challengers in 2022. They are Labor's Mark Braes, The Greens' Rosa Hillam, independents Vince Pannell and Maddy Fry, The Nationals' Jonathan Pietzsch, One Nation's Carlos Quaremba, United Australia Party's David Swiggs and Australian Federation Party's Kym Hanton.

What do you consider to be the most critical issue in agriculture in SA and what would you do to address it?

PASIN: Barker has an unemployment rate of just 3.3 per cent. While this demonstrates our government's strong economic recovery through the pandemic, it has also exacerbated workforce issues for our agricultural sector already feeling the brunt of pandemic border closures. With borders open we need to increase migration to ensure agricultural enterprises throughout Barker have access to an appropriately sized and skilled workforce. If we don't, growth in the agricultural sector is going to be constrained.

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