Inquiry into Group Homes

The Kyogle News October 99

Since my last column, Parliament has resumed and there have been many debates about cutbacks and funding in our region.

Inquiry into Group Homes

I was pleased to advise local constituents of the Coalition's win for people for disabilities in delivering on its promise to fight for the establishment of an inquiry. The Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues is conducting the investigation into the provision of residential care and others services.  Comments have been called for, with further information and submission package available through my office.

Dairy Deregulation Compensation

The Coalition last week called on the Carr Government to provide adequate funding to assist NSW dairy farmers through the re-adjustment they will undergo as a result of full deregulation of the dairy industry. Assistance measures announced by the Government are simply not enough. The Nationals are committed to working closely with the NSW dairy industry to overcome the challenges facing the industry and to ensure its future.

Tick problems

I have been inundated with complaints from people who have received a letter from NSW Agriculture, Cattle Tick Program regarding the enforcing of policy. I am very concerned with the potential for disharmony between neighbours and the damage to the good working relations between property owners and tick staff. I have personally approached the Department and the Minister for Agriculture seeking their urgent assistance to resolve the conflict.

The new HSC

Many parents have been writing to me about the implementation of the new HSC. During  Parliament, the Education Minister, John Aquilina admitted in Budget Estimates Committee that schools will have to pay for the new HSC text books out of their own budgets. I assured the Minister that local schools in this electorate do not have the funds. Change is always difficult and I believe most parents are not totally opposed the new HSC, just the way in which the changes are being rushed and implemented without sufficient planning and funding. I have
conveyed these views to the Minister for his attention.

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