Dairy Deregulation Committee Visit
Echo 22 February 01
Dairy Deregulation Committee Visit
The above Committee will visit and listen to dairy farmers concerns on
Friday 23 February, at the Lismore Workers Club between 12 and 1.30pm. The
Committee was formed as a result of strong lobbying by the National Party, in
response to the effects of industry deregulation on dairying families. I
understand the Committee will also accept written submissions.
As a result of the recent flooding, the flood levee issue has been ignited
and a number of community members have expressed concern. I urge local residents
to call in and speak with Mr Mark Stalhut, Project Manager at the Flood Levee
Project Office, located at 56 Carrington Street, Lismore, telephone 6622 7500
and fax 6622 7755 to obtain accurate information.
Call To Reject Poultry Deregulation
I have called on the Carr Labor Government to reject deregulation of the
poultry meat industry when Cabinet meets to discuss the issue. Watering down of
the Poultry Meat Industry Act 1986 particularly the ability of contract growers
to negotiate collectively with processors, would potentially impact heavily on
rural communities and poultry growers. Contract poultry meat growing is a
significant industry in Lismore, providing many jobs and flow-on benefits
throughout the community. The Carr Government has the power to ensure poultry
meat growing continues to be a viable business in this area. The Government must
act to provide the necessary safeguards to an industry that has reliably
produced a quality product. I believe there has been no serious analysis of
issues such as social welfare, economic impacts, investment growth or
ecologically sustainable development. I am deeply concerned that the Carr Labor
Government had not conducted a transparent rural impact statement before
considering the issue of deregulation.
Corndale Federation Celebrations
It was my pleasure to attend and take part in Corndale's Centenary of
Federation celebrations last weekend. The wet weather did not dampen the
community's spirit and many enjoyed the festivities - congratulations to the
organisers and helpers.
My office has been advised that anyone who is having trouble meeting
NorthPower account payments, following recent flooding should contact the
Customer Service Centre (132 066) as soon as possible so that alternative
arrangements can be made.
Off Road Diesel
I have spoken to many farmers in the district in relation to changes to the
State rebate scheme. I have sought clarification from NSW Treasury and The Hon
Ian Causley, Federal Member for Page regarding this issue. A tollfree Diesel
Fuel Information Line has been established and can be contacted on 1300 657 162.
From information provided, I believe that an eligible recipient of the Diesel
Fuel Rate (ie a farmer) can claim back the excise via the Commonwealth Diesel
Fuel Rebate Scheme (DFRS) and the GST on diesel via an input tax credit on the
Business Activity Statement (BAS). It may be conceptually easier to see the
State rebate as having been replaced by the GST, which is effectively rebated to
registered businesses. Therefore upon receipt of input tax credits a claimant
should not be `out of pocket'. I would be interested to receive further
comments, especially if constituents have particular information if this is not
Rural Health Scholarships
I would like to advise local students, that have graduated or current year
12 students, of scholarships available through the NSW Rural Doctors Network
website, www.nswrdn.com.au. This site advises of assistance to study health
courses at universities, listing many disciplines.
2001 Senior Citizens week will be celebrated 18 - 25 March. For all seniors
week program and event details contact the Seniors Information Service on 13 12