Australian farmers await overseas workforce as locals are too ‘spoilt for choice’

Australian farmers await overseas workforce as locals are too ‘spoilt for choice’

Written by Tim McGlone from the Guardian

Long-awaited agricultural visa could provide much needed labour, but some experts fear potential for worker exploitation


A microcosm of Australians’ reluctance to work on farms can be seen in Victoria’s Yarra valley.

CEO of a group of strawberry farms, Miffy Gilbert, struggled to source labour for the current harvest, while her teenage son works as a shelf-stacker at a supermarket.

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Lowland1

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Mixed Farmer
My daughter wants to go but it looks like she’s too white.
Plus she really doesn’t want to do anything too difficult. She’s management material she tells me.
 

Chae1

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Aberdeenshire
My daughter wants to go but it looks like she’s too white.
Plus she really doesn’t want to do anything too difficult. She’s management material she tells me.
That's the problem. Most people think there management material now and aren't willing to do actual work.
 

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