The Kyogle News October 01
In Parliament I have continued my addressing of rural matters. Again I
attacked Minister Amery regarding the ongoing issue with the decision to start
charging producers for tick treatments that commenced on 1 September. I
highlighted stock left and rural crime, which needs to be prioritised and
addressed appropriately. Furthermore I supported the matter of public importance
relating to the NSW dairy industry, reiterating that dairy farmers are the main
players in the milk industry and that processors should pass on any gains to
dairy farmers who deserve a fair and reasonable price.
Home Warranty Insurance Inquiry
The Coalition also proposed that a Parliamentary Committee investigate the
ongoing crisis faced by builders desperately trying to obtain building insurance
and the resultant thousands who have been inconvenienced by this nuisance.
Despite the Minister's assurances three months ago that another insurer had
applied to offer building insurance, there has been no sign of this new insurer.
This is unacceptable and I would be interested to hear from
constituents/builders who are experiencing difficulties.
Reports, Reviews and Grants
The following are available from my office -
NSW Real Estate Industry Practices - released a consultation paper that outlined
the proposed changes to the Property, Stock and Business Agents Act 1941, and
invited comments over the next four weeks. The Department will be undertaking a
series of public forums to inform consumers and industry members about these
2001/02 Regional Sports Facility Program - funds to develop and enhance the
network of regional sporting and recreational facilities.
Rural Women's Award - Applications are being called for by Rural Industries
Research and Development Corporation Rural Women's Award for 2002. Closing 15
Oct 2001. www.ruralwomensaward.gov.au.