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FACT CHECK: Is Australia Passing A Bill That Prohibits People From Growing Their Own Food?

A post shared on Facebook claims Victorian Premier Dan Andrews signed a bill prohibiting citizens from growing their own food.

Verdict: False

The Amendment Bill 2022 does not outlaw growing one’s own food. A spokesperson for the Victorian government confirmed the claim is false.

Fact Check:

The Facebook post, which has been shared over 400 times, shows a screengrab of a tweet that reads, “, : Premier Dan Andrews is passing a bill that prohibits people from growing their own food,” citing The Agriculture Legislation Amendment Bill as the legislation in question.

The claim is incorrect. The bill, which had a third reading in the Victorian Legislative Assembly, was created to “make amendments to 11 separate acts to deliver improvements across biodiversity and food safety, veterinary practice, agricultural chemical use” among other purposes, according to Victorian MP Kat Theophanous’ official website.

While the bill prohibits the sale of “diseased plants”

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