Cattle Tick Motion
Express Examiner 28 March 01
Cattle Tick Motion
To highlight the discontent of producers in my electorate, I recently tabled the
following motion, that the Legislative Assembly condemns the Carr Government and
the Minister for Agriculture for:
their failure to protect the NSW cattle Industry from cattle ticks;
totally ignoring the advice to producers by representatives of NSW
agriculture at a public meeting in Casino late last year, that producers would
not be charged for tickicide;
ignoring the Departments advice resulting in the control of ticks being
forced underground leaving the state susceptible to general outbreaks;
for not having any confidence whatsoever in the producer members of the Board
of Tick Control, by now making decisions without any consultation or advice from
for stockowners now finding themselves with tick infestation as a direct
result of NSW Agricultural advice to stockowners not to treat their stock.
Following this advice the Minister for Agriculture should now be responsible for
costs incurred by producers for the eradication;
call on the Minister for Agriculture to now pick up the tab for costs
incurred by producers for the eradication.
I will continue to pursue an acceptable outcome for the cattle producers in the
tick quarantine area.
Firearms Spokesperson Consults
Mr Adrian Picolli, National Party Spokesperson for Firearms visited Casino
recently to speak and discuss various issues of concern with local sporting and
firearm organisations. For further information or to obtain a copy of the
updated National Party policy, please contact my office.
Influx of Ministers
I have been pleased the Lismore electorate has been visited by a number of State
Government Ministers in the last couple of months. With the Emergency Services
Minister, Bob Debus visiting during the Casino storms, NSW Premier, Bob Carr and
Minister for Local Government and Regional Development, Harry Woods following
the floods. More recently John Della Bosca, Special Minister of State and
Minister for Industrial Relations opened the Detox Unit in Lismore. I
appreciated that the Minister for Public Works and Minister assisting the
Premier on Citizenship, Morris Iemma accepted my invitation to visit Lismore,
during the day he spoke with and attended a multicultural morning tea. Minister
Iemma also visited Casino inspecting damage, met with and presented cheques to
Richmond Valley and Kyogle Council.
A public meeting was held last week to discuss problems with processing
insurance claims. A number of local tradesman and building suppliers attended
the meeting, voicing their concerns and experiences. I am urging all
householders to submit accounts/documents immediately to insurance company
promptly. I have today made representations to the Insurance Disaster
Public Housing Pensioner Lose In Rent Rise
The Carr Labor Government has missed timed a public housing rent increase on
pensioners to coincide with the Federal Government's pensioner income increase.
Andrew Humpherson, Shadow Minister for Housing believes the Federal Government's
$7.90 per fortnight CPI increase to pensioner incomes has been "stolen" by
Premier Carr's public housing rent increase. Pensioners will loose more than 80%
of their pension increase because of the rent slug.
Free Olympic Mini Buses
Expressions of Interest are being called for on 29 mini buses used by VIPs and
wheelchair athletes at the Olympics and Paralympics. The buses will be allocated
free to non-profit community organisations that provide transport services for
people with disabilities. An information pack is available from my office upon
request. Closing date 20 April 2001.
Townlife Development Program
An initiative aimed at fostering economic growth and job creation in towns and
villages under 2,500 people. Assistance for `self-help' programs, which need
seed funding until they become self-sustaining, will be made available under the
Town Life Development Program. Expressions of Interest are being called for
second round funding and the closing date is 30 April 2001.