Drug Awareness Week 2002
The Kyogle News June 02
Drug Awareness Week 2002
This week, from Monday 24 to Saturday 29 June, is to promote and highlight the
great work being done to address alcohol and other drug related issues. Each day
will have a theme: Monday: Prevention, Tuesday: Treatment, Wednesday, Young
People, Thursday: indigenous Issues, Friday: Drugs and the Law, Saturday: Drugs
and the Media.
Pastoral & Agriculture Crimes Bill
The Opposition has been calling for a legislative response to rural crime for a
long time. The Government ignored a pressing issue facing rural and regional New
South Wales and sat on the report of the working party for more than 12 months.
The bill is the belated response from the Government to the report of the
working party. The Coalition will monitor the appointment of rural crime
investigators to ensure they are not drawn from existing resources, and I
reiterate the Coalition's policy commitment to create a specialist rural crime
squad consisting of additional police. The Coalition's rural crime policy also
includes a commitment to provide incentives to the livestock industry to assist
in the uptake of the national livestock identification scheme in New South
Wales. We now call on the Government to match our commitment to provide 32
additional police to fight rural crime and to provide financial assistance to
help develop the national livestock identification scheme in New South Wales.
National Party Leader, George Souris highlighted in Parliament for the
Government to provide drought assistance to NSW farmers. Sixty-two per cent of
NSW is now in the grip of drought - the largest proportion of the state
suffering such conditions since 1997. A further 10 per cent is experiencing
marginal drought conditions. Only 28 per cent of NSW is classified as
It has been a year since there has been sustained rain in the North and Western
parts of the Electorate. Whilst the country might look green, a large part of
the electorate will struggle through winter with no feed at all. Farmers need a
helping hand with assistance for the transport of fodder, livestock and water.
In Parliament Don Page and myself both became Charter Members of the first every
State Parliamentary Lion's Club in Australia. A Charter Dinner was held at
Parliament House last Monday and we both played a special role. Comfortable with
auctioning I sold many items on the night that in total raised $42,500. I took
the opportunity of informing attendees that I represented the Electorate of
Lismore, where Lions started in Australia in 1947. Mr Page, Member for Ballina
also highlighted he was the nephew of Australia's longest surviving Lion, Mr
Doug Page, from Lismore.