The Australian Bureau of Statistics claims the cost of living in Australia is on the rise, with essential items showing the biggest impact. Vice President of the Victorian Farmers Federation, Emma Germano, has said that Australia had a shortage of workers in the country which was had seen the price of fruit and vegetables soar.
“We can’t get it off the farm and onto the shelves quick enough,” she said. “We just lost 20,000 backpackers over the last few months. We were already in a shortage before we went into a global pandemic.”
Germano stressed Australia needs to address the problem now. “We don’t have enough Australians going out to work on farms,” she told 3aw.com.au. “The situation is getting dire and is only going to get worse when we go into the ramp up of our season in Victoria.”