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Wednesday, 15 March 2000
Page: 12861

Amendment (by Senator Woodley) put:

At the end of the motion, add:

“but that, in view of concerns expressed in evidence to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee's inquiry into the deregulation of the Australian dairy industry, the Senate:

(a) urges the Governments of Queensland, NSW and Western Australia to consider the issue of quota entitlements and the form of compensation that may be appropriate for the resumption of quota entitlements (including the use of national competition policy payments); and

(b) calls on Commonwealth and State governments to develop regional adjustment packages for rural and regional communities affected by deregulation; and

(c) calls on the Treasurer to direct the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, under paragraph 17(1)(c) of the Prices Surveillance Act 1983, to monitor prices, costs and profits in the dairy industry after deregulation for the purpose of ensuring that dairy farmers are not unfairly burdened with the cost of the proposed levy”.