Australia: Money used to fund abandoned legal action to be returned to potato growers

Tony Galati arriving at court.The West Australian State Government will return $650,000 to potato farmers after it made the decision to drop a grower-funded legal case against Perth businessman Tony Galati. Potato growers were furious when Premier Mark McGowan decided to drop a civil suit against Mr Galati in May without any consultation with the farmers who had helped fund the action. Mr McGowan said the case, which was launched in 2015 by the now-defunct Potato Marketing Corporation when Mr Galati grew potatoes outside his quota, was no longer relevant since industry deregulation last year. In response to the abandoned legal action, farmers sent the State Government a bill for $500,000 to try and recover their money. More