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Ramsay calls on Minister for Police to act on dock dispute

Liberal Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, has placed pressure on the government when he questioned if the Minister for Police, Lisa Neville would move to stop picketers from breaking the law at Webb Dock.

The issue, which Mr Ramsay raised in Parliament today highlighted his concern for the Victorian farmers whose products are being held, hostage.

“With 80 per cent of agricultural production in Western Victoria currently being exported, primarily through the Port of Melbourne, any closure to the port significantly impacts the livelihood of Victorian farmers.”

With millions of dollars of damage to agricultural products and 50,000 litres of milk curdling immediate action needs to be made.

“This militant action by the Unions is reminiscent of the Union action against Patrick Stevedores in the 90s where farmers took it upon themselves to load containers onto the ships to enable trade to continue”.

With a High Court ruling for the picket action to cease, the Unions are openly defying the law while the government watches on hopelessly.

“The current illegal picket at Webb Dock by the Maritime Union, CFMEU and Trades Hall has seriously damaged our international reputation as a trading nation.”

“When will the Minister for Police use her powers under Victorian legislation to move on the picketers who are clearly breaking the law?” said Mr Ramsay.