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Monday, 14 September 2009
Page: 9547

Debate resumed, on motion by Dr Stone:

That the House:

(1)   recognises the crisis now facing the dairy industry supplying export markets, as they are forced to take prices close to or below the costs of production; and

(2)   calls on the Government to:

(a)   provide the immediate assistance needed to ensure these dairy farmers are not forced to sell their herds or their water, destroying the prospects for recovery of this industry when export markets recover; and

(b)   remember how swiftly it responded to the crisis in Australia’s automotive and retail sectors, as it considers support of the multi-billion dollar dairy export sector which employs some 30,000 workers.