GEORGE CALLS ON NEWELL TO SUPPORT CROSS BORDER COMMISSION

GEORGE CALLS ON NEWELL TO SUPPORT CROSS BORDER COMMISSION

GEORGE CALLS ON NEWELL TO SUPPORT CROSS BORDER COMMISSION

4 March 2004


The NSW Nationals are re-introducing the Cross-Border Commission Bill to State Parliament, demonstrating their on-going commitment towards establishing such a Commission and to also highlight Sydney Labor's failure to act on cross-border anomalies.

"A Bill to set up a Cross-Border Commission was introduced by The Nationals in the NSW Parliament before last year's State Election," Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George said.

"Typically, the ALP failed to support this excellent initiative, but The Nationals commitment to the establishment of this body means that we are going to have another go at it", said Mr George.

"The Carr Labor Government is under siege on many fronts - club pokies tax, hospitals, trains, ferries, police, forced local government amalgamations.

"Perhaps this time, the Labor Members for Tweed and Murray Darling, who share borders with other States will accede to the wisdom of this constructive and proactive legislation.

"One thing that is assured is that this is a policy that The Nationals will take into Government after the next State election.

Mr George said that the Cross-Border Commission Bill proposes a small body with the power to call witnesses, take evidence and make recommendations on solving cross-border solutions.

"For example, In NSW the 6.0% payroll tax cuts in above $600,000. Victoria's payroll tax rate is 5.25% with a $550,000 threshold.

"Workers' compensation anomalies mean border area businesses often have to pay out for two policies - one in New South Wales and one in Victoria.

"We know that businesses are being forced out of the Lismore Electorate because of higher cost burdens in NSW.

"It's great that The Nationals are persisting with this Bill. Let's hope that sooner, rather than later Labor wakes up and supports it," Mr George said.
 

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577