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Thursday, 16 March 2000
Page: 14934

Mr ADAMS (5:29 PM) —It is late in the day and it is late in the week for this dairy bill and these amendments to be here. The government talk about regional Australia and about being a caring government: they did no thinking whatsoever about the dairy areas of this country. They brought in a bill that had been sorted out outside government circles. They gave no consideration to the impact that this is going to have on the dairy areas of Australia. There are going to be people thrown out of work from plants. There are going to be sharefarmers thrown off the land. There will be farmers who will have to leave they land. They do not care about that. They gave no consideration to it whatsoever. We raised restructuring, and now we have some money on the ground.

Debate interrupted.