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Notice given 7 February 2001

808  Senator Tierney: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the failure of the New South Wales State Government to hand over competition payments to dairy farmers who have been affected by deregulation, and

(ii) that despite the fact that the New South Wales dairy industry is three times the size of the Western Australian dairy industry, it is the Western Australian Liberal Government that is providing a $27 million assistance package;

(b) criticises the lack of support for farmers by the Carr Australian Labor Party State Government, particularly in the towns of Dungog and Gloucester, when the dairy industry is the fifth largest rural industry in New South Wales and produces $1.4 billion worth of goods each year; and

(c) calls on the New South Wales Government to start helping dairy farmers by releasing competition payments provided to them by the Howard Government, which amount to $156.5 million for the 2000-01 financial year.