Citrus farm testimony urged

EVERGREEN Farms should be giv- en the chance to tell its side of the story in front of the Senate commit- tee, according to Queensland Prima- ry Industries Minister Henry Pa- laszczuk.

Mr Palaszczuk said yesterday that Evergreen should be able to give ev- idence, after last week's sitting of the enquiry heard inflamatory alle- gations from former Evergreen em- ployees that they were asked to poi- son trees on the property in the middle of the night.

Evergreen was this week reported to have said they were not invited to appear at the inquiry.

Mr Palaszczuk said certainly it was up to the Senate inquiry to de- termine who actually appearred be- fore the inquiry.

"This inquiry has got nothing to do with the Queensland Govern- ment and of course it would be very wise for the inquiry to hear from all parties concerned,'' he said.

2PH's John Pressler said however, not one Emerald citrus grower had been formally invited to appear and give evidence at the Senate inquiry.

He said he thought Evergreen should be able to appear to give evi- dence if they wished.



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