Beef Week 2000
Express Examiner June 00
I will be conducting a West of the Range tour on Monday 3 July and
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.
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
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 in the Northern Rivers Tropical NSW Awards for Excellence in Tourism.
Congratulations to the many organisers, assistants, volunteers, business and
generally the community as whole.
About 300 dairy farmers rallied outside State Parliament on Tuesday 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 on Tuesday 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 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.
The Stock Squad of the NSW Police has been reduced under the Carr Government to
the status of the 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.
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. Closing date is 4 August
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.
Free Needles For Diabetics
From 1 June 2000 Diabetics will be able to receive free needles. This has always
been an inequity that heroin users were provided a free needle exchange whilst
diabetics had to pay for needles. This was a part of the Coalition's policy and
I am pleased that the politics of the matter has been overcome and finally sense
has prevailed for the health and betterment of the diabetic community as a
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.