Milk Price War
Express Examiner September 00
I wish to advise all residents that the Lismore electorate office has
relocated to the corner of Carrington and Conway Streets, opposite Australia
Post Office, Lismore. The new office is on ground level with a ramp access,
which I hope will enable easier access for the elderly and disabled.
During September, I am available at the electorate office for assistance.
In the later part of the month, the Olympics will commence and whilst some controversy
has surrounded the games, I am sure everyone will enjoy the thrill of watching Australians
take on the world's best on our own soil.
Milk Price War
In Parliament recently, George Souris, Leader of the National Party called
on the House to:
Note dairy farmers are struggling to stay financially viable under the
Carr Government's deregulation of the industry;
Note that the milk price war commenced in the supermarket chains is likely
to impact severely on farmers
Note that the supermarkets' actions further endangers jobs in rural and
Urge the Carr Government to immediately establish the Committee to
investigate the impacts of dairy deregulation on the NSW dairy industry, as
promised in writing to the National and Liberal Parties on June 29.
The Coalition asked the Agriculture Minister, Richard Amery and the Carr
Government to establish a Committee to investigate the financial impacts of
dairy deregulation and make recommendations to the Minister for assistance. As
yet there has been no news from the Minister as to its establishment or
membership. The immediate establishment of the Committee is essential given the
milk price war launched by the supermarket chains last week. The price war is
likely to have a devastating impact on dairy farmers and their communities and
is a direct result of the Carr Government's deregulation of the dairy industry.
The National Party fought hard against deregulation of the NSW dairy industry
and called on the Carr Government to provide a State-based Structural Adjustment
Price Support Scheme. It refused to do so.
The National Party has called on the Carr Government to give a guarantee
that there will be no further "one-off" extensions to daylight saving during its
current term. Country people have been steamrolled by the Olympics with daylight
saving commencing 2 months earlier this year rather than the usual last Sunday
Cattle Tick Meeting
Last week I convened an urgent public meeting to discuss the position and
the future of tick control by NSW Agriculture and producers. The meeting was
organised because there were many conflicting reports and ideas on what is
happening and what should be happening with tick control. The aim of the meeting
was to enable a responsible decision to be made in relation to the control of
ticks in the future and by whom. Many local producers attended the meeting that
was addressed by Mr Geoff File, Director General NSW Agriculture. The meeting
resolved to call on the Minister Amery for a full moratorium with an interim
Committee elected to present the concerns to him.