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Monday, 25 June 2001
Page: 25033


Senator HARRIS (8:56 PM) —I would be absolutely delighted if Senator Ian Macdonald, for the benefit of the chamber, could enlighten us as to who the producers are who are above this proposed cut-off of $80,000 that we have suggested who do not need the money. I do not believe that post deregulation there is a single dairy farm producer, big or small, whom Senator Macdonald could name who is happy and making a profit. I believe that with the reduction in the price that they are receiving for their product they are either at the point of going out the back door or only just surviving. Could Senator Macdonald enlighten us as to who these lucky dairy producers are who do not need the money?