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Burke's indecision leaves western NSW farmers in limbo.

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Media Release Mark Coulton Federal Member for Parkes Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Water Resources and Conservation.

Burke’s indecision leaves western NSW farmers in limbo

The Rudd Government has continued its assault on Australia’s agriculture industry by failing to prioritise an urgent review into Exceptional Circumstances for western NSW.

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said that since Agriculture Minster Tony Burke promised to reassess the status of large tracts of western NSW for drought assistance nothing appears to have been done.

“Farmers throughout Western NSW have been failed by the Rudd Government,” he said.

“Mr Burke gave the assurance on the 8th of April that the National Rural Advisory Council (NRAC) will be asked to complete its review ‘as soon as possible’.

“However, I am contacted daily by constituents who have had their EC removed who are desperately waiting to have their properties reviewed but have no idea where NRAC are.”

Mr Coulton urged Mr Burke to set a deadline for the reassessment into Exceptional Circumstances for western NSW.

“Mr Burke must prove to Australia’s farmers that the reason he has been sweeping EC reviews under the carpet isn’t because he actually intends to scrap the program in June 2010 as suggested in the Budget,” he said.

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