Opposition's Bill - To Ensure The Right To Self Defence

Echo 26 October 00

Last week, I enjoyed the opportunity to visit and take part in the Northern Star North Coast National Show which again reinforced the value of rural industries in the area - having the event recognised with the status of a National Show. The quality of trade and livestock exhibits were a credit to our region.

Opposition's Bill - To Ensure The Right To Self Defence

The Coalition introduced the Right to Self-Defence Bill 2000 in Parliament to codify the law relating to self-defence of property and the person. The Bill will simplify the issue of self-defence by stipulating what level of force is acceptable to use against an assailant to protect oneself, another person or one's property. It would also provide that a sufficient level - if necessary, a higher level - of force may be used to overcome an assailant. I am encouraging anyone who supports this legislation as an important step in maintaining public and personal safety, to contact my office.

Greenslips Set To Rise

The Carr Government's promised $100 reduction in greenslip renewals from October 1999, which was capped only until October 2000. It is anticipated that premiums will now rise for renewals. I would be interested to hear from individuals who experience substantial increases.

Stamp Duty on Dairy Payments and Further Assistance

There seems to be a lot of confusion over the different assistance packages that are available for dairy farmers. I urge all dairy farmers to make their own specific enquiries and if further assistance is needed, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

The office of State Revenue has confirmed that stamp duty on lump sum payments under the Dairy Structural Adjustment Scheme will not apply. The Dairy Structural Adjustment Scheme 2000 arises from Federal legislation. The administration is controlled by the Dairy Adjustment Authority, which is a Commonwealth body with offices in Melbourne. The ruling from the Office of State Revenue states that given this, "the property secured by the charge is not located in NSW and therefore no mortgage duty is payment in NSW." This is welcome news for dairy farmers across the State.

National Young Leaders' Days'

This annual event was initiated to develop student leadership in schools and build a better future for Australian young people. Principals can nominate student leaders ie: captains, vice-captains, prefects, SRC representatives, house captains and sporting captains, to attend the event. The objectives of the day are to;

insure students make a positive contribution to their school,

motivate students to be great leaders in their area of influence;

empower students with the practical skills of motivating others, managing commitments and stress management and;

expose students to a diverse range of leaders in society and their views of leadership.

Dates are Sydney - 20 November and Brisbane - 13 November, 2000. Ansett is offering special airfares of up to 50% discount off full economy, depending on availability.

School Buses

A copy of the Department of Transport's Discussion Paper on the Performance Assessment Regime for commercial bus contracts are currently available. The Department is now seeking further comments from the industry and the community since the second paper has changed considerably from the initial proposal. Closing date is Monday 6 November 2000.

NRMA RoadZone

Recently launched in Lismore at 14 Carrington Street, the display is an interactive road safety exhibition. Roadzone challenges students with 20 interactive exhibits demonstrating how to survive on the roads of the fictitious town of "Hazard Point". The display allows students and families to examine the importance of safe road use behaviour and explore the concept of personal responsibility on the road. The exhibition will be in Lismore until 6 December and will organise special group bookings upon request.

For further information or assistance, please contact my office on 6621 3624.
Just remember our office is now located on the Corner of Conway and Carrington Street, Lismore.

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