Following another suspected biosecurity outbreak on a farm in Queensland, Barnaby Joyce must explain and provide clarity regarding the details of a $3.3 million loan for the purchase of a property in Tully.

The Australian Banana Growers Council (ABGC) are reporting that formal notice was given yesterday from the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to return the $3.3 million loan for the purchase of the Tully property affected by the Panama Tropical Race 4 (TR4) disease in 2015.

The buyout deal of the Tully farm is now on hold as a second farm in Queensland is investigated for a suspected TR4 outbreak.

The Minister must stand-up today and explain to the Australian community exactly what is going on and to provide assurance the Government’s solution is credible.

Instead of offering clarity on the issue and focusing his attention on his portfolio today, he has preoccupied himself with publicly demonising the renewable energy industry and once again showing that he is all spin and no substance.

In what is a stressful and uncertain time for Australian banana farmers, the Minister must fulfil his responsibilities, step up and explain this concerning issue to the agriculture sector.

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