Bill Farmer, a former senior adviser to former prime minister Tony Abbott, says it is a common misconception that farmers in rural Queensland are only farmers who have to pay for their crops to be planted and grown.
He has been an outspoken critic of the new farm bill.
“In reality, it is farmers who are paying for their crop to be grown,” Mr Farmer said.
“They are the ones that actually have to buy that seed and those costs for the crop to actually be planted, and then they have to put it on the ground, and that’s where the tax breaks are.”
Mr Farmer, who has written several books on the industry, says farmers who don’t pay tax on their land are “in the pocket of the farmer”.
“The farmer, by and large, pays that tax,” he said.