Express Examiner 7 September 99
Recently, I attended Agquip at Gunnedah and I was certainly impressed with the
organisation and display of this renowned event. Whilst in Gunnedah, I
accompanied a delegation from the Northern Co-operative Meat Company (NCMC) to a
meeting I organised with the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon John Anderson and
Minister for Trade, Mark Vaile on current issues facing the Meat Industry.
Following this, we have now met with the Minister for Primary Industry, Hon
Warren Truss in Canberra to further highlight the problems the NCMC and the
industry are currently facing.
Workers' Compensation Premiums
I am currently seeking information from regional employers about their workers'
compensation insurance. The Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, Mr Michael
Gallacher and I are concerned that employers are paying more than they should.
The aim of collecting details is to document cases to develop policy as part of
the reform process. Please forward specific circumstances, concerns or problems
to support our action to facilitate reform.
AVO's Proposed To Change
A discussion paper has been prepared by the Attorney-General's Department which
includes a proposal to charge applicants for Apprehended Violence Orders (AVO's).
Problems have been created in the AVO system since the Carr Government removed
the discretion of judges and magistrates to rule on the legitimacy of AVOs. The
deadlines for submissions is 8 September, however, please contact my office if
you would like to express your concerns about AVO's.
Front Line Policing
I am disappointed and have slammed the rumoured cutbacks of over $400,000 for
the Richmond Police Local Area Command, as disgraceful. The Carr Government is
putting police well behind financially and expecting them to get on top of
unsatisfactory crime rates. Police can not be expected to lift their clear up
rates when evidence is mounting that any cuts to the police budget will have a
dramatic impact in this area on public safety. I have called on the Minister to
deny the cutbacks or immediately allocate extra funding from Treasury.
Whilst I agree with the Premier's recent media comments that the Police have a
record budget, it is clear that this allocation is not reaching the country and
rural areas that are struggling to maintain police presence.
The Energy Industry Ombudsman NSW Scheme was established by the states
electricity distributors including NorthPower to investigate electricity
matters. Launched in June 1998, by the Minister for Energy it has received over
3000 customer contacts to date. Enquiries and complaints need not be in writing.
Freecall number 1800 246545.
Indeed, I was honoured to officially open the recent Mallanganee Campdraft which
was a tremendous success. This again highlights the importance of patronising
events such as these, which bring the community, businesses and visitors