The federal MP for Wright says Aussie Farms website should be penalised.

FARM: Mr Buchholz says activists will be required to respect privacy laws or face a hefty fine. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

FARM: Mr Buchholz says activists will be required to respect privacy laws or face a hefty fine. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

AFTER news that yet another farm was invaded by animal activists at Warwick Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz has spoken out against what he describes as an online attack map and hit list of farms.

Mr Buchholz said the Morrison government would bring the Aussie Farms website under the Privacy Act, exposing it to potential penalties of more than $400,000 if it breaches the Act.

 He said the hardline activities of the Aussie Farms group and other activists had created stress and anxiety for farmers and landholders in the region.

"I absolutely support this move to protect farmers, these extreme activists have caused undue stress to farmers already struggling under the weight of drought," Mr Buchholz said. 

"Their self-serving activities are a risk to hardworking farming families and producers.

"It is just unacceptable to publicise private information on farmers and agricultural producers, including their names and addresses.

"This is a huge risk, it exposes producers to biosecurity hazards." Mr Buchholz said.

He said the government had repeatedly asked Aussie Farms to take the website down before someone was hurt or worse, but the group behind the website refused to cooperate.

"The federal government called on this group to take down the information, but they flatly refused," Mr Buchholz said.

"Instead, they continued leaving our farming families to live in fear of invasion on their property.

"The Aussie Farms website is simply an attack map, used by activists as a hit list, to determine which innocent, hardworking family they'll target next."

Aussie Farms will now be required to comply with the Privacy Act, which includes laws against the misuse of personal information, the maximum penalty for an offence under the Privacy Act is $420,000.