Echo 8 June 00
During Parliament last week, I delivered my budget-in-reply speech, which
highlighted the shortcomings for this area, as well as welcoming the positives.
Copies of this and other details relating to the State Budget are available upon
About 300 dairy farmers rallied outside State Parliament to protest against
dairy deregulation. Full deregulation of the dairy industry is due to take place
on July 1and will see the price paid to dairy farmers for their milk plummet.
The Carr Labor Government last week, introduced the Bill to deregulate the dairy
industry ie. to abolish the quota system and the State floor price for milk in
favour of letting the market set the price. As already promised the National
Party and the Coalition will continue to pursue a Dairy Industry Adjustment
Package to support and assist dairy farmers to stay in the industry. If the
Labor Party is serious about helping dairy farmers, it will support the
Coalition's amendment for a Structural Adjustment Price Support Package to give
dairy farmers adequate financial assistance to cope with the effects of
deregulation. After all, Mr Carr provided an $80 million adjustment scheme to
the forest industry.
First Home Plus
This Scheme was a positive for all NSW and should encourage first home
purchases, which will also assist in stimulating the housing industry. The First
Home Plus Scheme will operate in addition to the new Federal First Home Owner
Grant Scheme. It involves full or partial exemptions on conveyance and mortgage
duty for first home or land buyers in NSW for contracts signed on or after 1
July 2000. My office can provide further details upon request.
The Stock Squad of the NSW Police has been reduced under the Carr Government to
the status of virtually non-existence. These officers (even the ones designated
as stock squad) have been absorbed into general detective or policing duties.
The Carr Government must immediately reinstate and dedicate specific officers to
the stock squad and to resource it sufficiently so it can do its job. I am
currently involved in preparing a submission to the Rural Crime Working Party
regarding this issue.
Beef Week 2000
Once again, the Casino community has rallied together, combining resources and
talents to stage yet another very successful Beef Week. Publicity was at an all
time high, especially after the organising committee's successful award winning
nomination as a Significant Regional Festival under the Northern Rivers Tropical
NSW Awards for Excellence in Tourism. Congratulations to the many organisers,
assistants, volunteers, business and generally the community as whole.
The National CommunityLink Awards 2000
Every year, one in five Australians over the age of 15 works as a volunteer.
Sports groups, clubs, schools, churches, emergency, cultural, conservation and
community service organisations all depend on volunteers to help them improve
the quality of life in local and regional communities. These Awards have been
established to encourage more Australians to work for their communities and to
recognise and reward outstanding examples of voluntary programs and projects. To
request a nomination form, please contact my office, the closing date is 4
Premier's Seniors Achievement Award 2000
This award recognises seniors who are making an outstanding contribution towards
community development, leadership and change. Of particular interest are seniors
who are helping to bring about positive social change and are working to provide
a lasting legacy for their communities. Nominations close 23 June 2000.
Kidney Awareness Week
Currently Australia has one of the lowest organ donation rates in the Western
world. During this week, 4 to 10 June, the aim is to dramatically increase the
organ donation rate. I urge the community to contemplate this important
decision, to discuss their intentions with their family so that everyone is
aware of their wishes and to apply for an organ donor card.
I will be doing a West of the Range tour on Monday 3 July and interviewing in
Kyogle on Tuesday 4 July and Casino on Friday 7 July. For further details or to
secure an appointment please telephone Karen or Bronwyn on 6621 3624.