Echo 18 November 99
During Parliament last week, I had the opportunity to speak on the State Revenue
Legislation Further Amendment Bill highlighting again the need for the Carr
Government to address payroll tax and workers compensation inequalities,
especially in our region where businesses trying to survive on an unlevel
playing field. Queensland businesses enjoy a better rate of payroll tax, which
is costing the Lismore electorate jobs.
Tow Truck Industry Amendment Bill was also debated and allowed me to voice my
concerns and also those of local tow truck operators, such as cost of forms, 24
hour standby shifts, loss of choice and the Job Allocation scheme areas.
Also initiated last week was debate on the Drug Summit Legislation Response Bill
and I will be continuing my fight against this Bill. My position in this matter
is quite clear and I will continue to fight against any injecting room in this
Extension of Group Homes Inquiry Deadline
Part two of the inquiry is investigating more generally the provision of
residential care and other services for people with disabilities and the closing
date for submissions has been extended from 12 November to 31 January 2000. More
information can be obtained from my office.
Community Legal Education Week
Monday 29 November to Friday 3 December: This is a program about community legal
education that will be conducted in this area. Two components of the program:
Free, confidential legal advice
Lismore: Monday 29 November (12 noon to 4 pm) and Tuesday 30 November (9.30 to
11.30 am). Solicitors involved have particular expertise in the areas of child
support/maintenance (for both carer and paying parents). Advice can be provided
on all child support and family law issues. Appointments only on 6621 2082.
Workshop for Community Workers and other interested people:
Tuesday 30 November - 9.30 am to 4 pm at 29 Molesworth Street Lismore. Covering
issues involving child support and will be concentrating specifically on the
recent amendments. Aimed at community workers, counsellors, staff from agencies.
Third Party Rights Now Apply To Farm Dams
The Carr Government has passed legislation, which gives third party appeal
rights to every person in NSW to object to the construction of every farm dam no
matter how small. Minister Amery conceded that dams are included in the
definition of "controlled works". Under the new legislation third party appeal
rights apply to all controlled works. So while the definition of dams has not
changed third party appeal rights now apply under this legislation. The
Coalition voted against the legislation. Every farmer who wants to legally build
even the smallest dam could find themselves in the land and Environment Court
thanks to the Carr Government's new legislation.
Timber Contract Fears
NSW taxpayers are likely to be slugged millions of dollars for compensation
because the Carr Government has miscalculated its ability to meet 20-year timber
contracts, according to a NSW Auditor General report released. The report
reveals that State Forests have allocated $18 m taxpayer funds to purchase
native forest on private land to meet contractual obligations. The auditor
general was also critical of State Forests including its overall sustainably
managed resource base, the yields from properties and plantations that they
currently do not own or control.