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Right to farm laws: an update

Right to farm laws: an update

Advice on legislation or legal policy issues contained in this paper is provided for use in parliamentary debate and for related parliamentary purposes. This paper is not professional legal opinion.
Issues backgrounder No. 4/2019 by Lenny Roth

On 17 September 2019, the Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales, Adam Marshall, introduced into the Legislative Assembly the Right to Farm Bill 2019. The Bill has two main parts:

  1. A new Right to Farm Act to protect farmers from common law nuisance claims (known as "nuisance shield" legislation); and
  2. Amendments to the Inclosed Lands Protection Act 1901 to protect farmers from on-farm trespass activity. 

This issues backgrounder deals with the first part of the Bill – the nuisance shield legislation. It updates the 2015 e-brief Right to farm laws, focusing primarily on significant developments in Australia.