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Notice given 5 February 2003

342  Senator Cherry: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that the Government is yet to respond to the unanimous July 2001 report of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee on the national Ovine Johne’s Disease Program,

(ii) that the administration of the program continues to cause severe hardship for sheep producers in New South Wales, and

(iii) that more than 1 000 sheep producers in Forbes, New South Wales, on 3 February 2003 passed a vote of no confidence in the handling of the disease in New South Wales; and

(b) calls on:

(i) the Federal Government to immediately respond to the Senate report, and

(ii) the New South Wales Government to address the legitimate concerns raised in the report about bureaucratic overreaction in the program that has resulted in excessive and unnecessarily harsh social and economic effects on producers and rural communities.