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Wednesday, 21 September 1994
Page: 1033

Senator SANDY MACDONALD —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate notes that—

  (a)the Government must accept responsibility for the Australian National Line (ANL) debacle;

  (b)the amount of NSW agricultural cargo tied up as a result of the dispute included $28 million of wool, $35 million of meat, $16 million of wheat, $10 million of cotton and $1 million of sugar;

  (c)in NSW, it will take another 3 weeks to clear the backlog of cargo, imposing further costs on the State's businesses through lost sales and delays in filling orders;

  (d)this politically motivated dispute came at a time when more than 80 per cent of NSW is drought-declared;

  (e)through its sweetheart deal with the unions, the Government has set a dangerous precedent that will cost taxpayers dearly;

  (f)primary producers would be delighted with a similar tax deal to help them through the worst drought in 70 years; and

  (g)by giving such gratuitous favouritism to a sectional group, the Government has demonstrated that it is not serious about continuing waterfront reform.