The ABGC has been actively lobbying Federal Government Ministers and departments to secure extensions to visas for working holiday makers and Pacific Islanders currently on banana farms.
Two weeks ago, the ABGC wrote to the eight Federal Government ministers involved, along with some Senators and Members of Parliament. The lack of a positive response to date implies other issues intersecting with this matter.
Unlike other crops, bananas are a 52-week-a-year operation. Growers need workers currently on banana farms to be able to stay, while looking to employ local staff as well.
As a result of the debate on this matter in Canberra, the ABGC issued the attached media release today. Read it here