Poultry Concerns

Express Examiner January 00

I trust everyone enjoyed the festive season and I relished the opportunity to attend many community gatherings. Rhonda and I extend our regards to all for the New Year. My resolution for the year 2000 is to continue pursuing the Carr Government for funding for our region's health and road systems.

Poultry Concerns

Despite the fact Newcastle Disease devastated the poultry industry in NSW last year, the Carr Government has refused to contribute funds to establish a national Newcastle Disease Eradication Strategy. The Commonwealth and all other state and territories are willing to recognise the importance of developing this strategy by volunteering a $50,000 contribution, yet Minister Amery has flatly refused to take part. The Minister's refusal shows a complete disregard for the future of poultry producers and workers in the multi-million dollar industry that is now well established in this area.

Knowles' Health Stop

Unfortunately, I believe extra funding for the Northern Rivers Area Health Service would not necessarily mean a change in proposals to downsize hospitals at Casino and Coraki. These changes are not purely budgetary but, as explained by the Minister for Health, The Hon Craig Knowles, are being carried out on efficiency grounds as well. I met with the Minister, who acknowledged the inadequate allocations for health services are an ongoing problem. The Minister came to get "a feel" for local concerns, and after these discussions I feel confident that part of the funding shortfall should be addressed in the near future. Also in February, I expect the release of the Ministerial Advisory Committee Report, which may hopefully come with good news for Kyogle.

Nursery Owners Beware

I am cautious of proposed legislation being introduced by the Minister for Land & Water Conservation, The Hon Richard Amery. A number of concerns from industry representatives, about the Horticultural Stock and Nurseries Act, have been expressed to me. I invite all nursery owners to have input into the legislation. Copies of the "Review of the Horticultural Stock and Nurseries Act" are available from my office.

Fishing confusion

With many fishing enthusiasts visiting our region, people throughout NSW are experiencing confusion over contradictory practices of the Carr Government in allowing fishing in some town water supplies, but not others. Recreational fishing is allowed in some town water supplies, irrigation supplies and power station supplies. Furthermore, NSW Fisheries stocks some water storage's throughout NSW, but not others. Summarising the absurdity of the current policy is that not only fishing allowed in some locations that aren't stocked, but also fishing is prohibited in some locations that are stocked.

Children's Criminal Capacity

The Criminal Law Review Division's Discussion Paper on the age of criminal responsibility of children is now available. The paper examines the current common law presumption that children up to the age of 14 are incapable of knowing their criminal conduct is wrong. I welcome this report in providing the opportunity to change the onus in establishing children's criminal capacity.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
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Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

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