A disaster-hit grower who hosted Agriculture Minister Mark Furner on his flattened banana farm says the MP’s claims he was unaware of requests for wage subsidies are wrong.
- Disaster-stricken banana farmers told state Ag Minister Mark Furner they wanted wage relief
- Representatives campaigned for a Qantas-style JobKeeper wage subsidy, to keep irreplaceable workers until crops recover
- Mr Furner said he wasn’t aware of the subsidy call, but office confirms receipt of March 8 letter
Speaking at a strawberry farm near the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday, Mr Furner told the Country Hour he had not heard the call for wage subsidies from growers.
“I haven’t heard that from the Australian Banana Growers’ Association, but [I am] willing to have…