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19 November 2008

‘Jim’s back’ as opposition agriculture spokesman

Leader of the Opposition, Hon Phil Goff, speaking to Federated Farmers National Council in Wellington, confirmed the Hon Jim Anderton, is to become as the Opposition agriculture spokesperson on behalf of both Labour and Progressive parties.

“A strong opposition is important to a robust and democratic political system. Mr Anderton brings much experience and knowledge to his role,” said Don Nicolson, president of Federated Farmers.

Mr Nicolson says Mr Anderton, who was agriculture minister in the last government, has a good understanding of the portfolio area and had become an advocate for farmers.

The announcement to farmers at the Federated Farmers National Council came in response to a question asking if Mr Goff would consider taking on the portfolio. With agriculture bringing in 65 percent of export receipts or $24 billion dollars, it was suggested Mr Goff with his knowledge of trade, would also make a good minister of agriculture.

“Federated Farmers has identified a lack of rural representation in the Labour party and looks forward to building relationships and encouraging better understanding with the reformed Labour and Progressive coalition,” concluded Mr Nicolson.

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