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 regional NSW; 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.

Daylight Saving

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 in October.

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.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577