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Democrats and Wool Council conned by government



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DEMOCRATS AND WOOL· COUNCIL CONNED BY GOVERNMENT

Both the Democrats and the Wool Council have been conned by the Government to leave a 15 per cent maximum tax in the wool Bills i

and only have a promise that the Government will set the first \

year's tax at 12 per cent, according to National Party Deputy i

Leader and Shadow Minister for Primary Industry, Bruce Lloyd. j

"They have not stood firm on their commitments to woolgrowers for a 12 per cent legislative maximum," he said. j

Mr Lloyd said the Coalition was consistent all the way through the debate with its insistence that 10 per cent tax is all that j

is necessary. !

"We did our homework. Our figures were sustainable, publicly accountable and in the best interest of the all woolgrowers and the industry.

"Wool growers are now hopefully three per cent better off and have regained the value of a $200 million interest free loan through a Government $22.5 million grant a year for the first two years. j

"Growers know where the deals were made. They will know that they |

were sold out by both the Wool Council, who had never pushed for a lower than 12 per cent levy and the Democrats who had only

pushed for that figure.

Mr Lloyd said the Coalition had done its best on behalf of

growers and had fought to the end.

The Bill had been returned to the Senate three times and the House of Representatives four times before the conclusion.

"I am pleased that wool growers have been saved some tax, which would not have been possible without the Coalition putting some spine into the Wool Council and the Democrats.

"I am disappointed that they did not stay with us to achieve a 10 per cent tax, which would have been achieved by the way the Government had panicked during the day," Mr Lloyd said.

"The Minister started off the day with 14 per cent, went to 12.5 per cent and finally to 12 per cent. A bit more time and courage would have achieved 10 per cent," he said.

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C O M M O N W E A L T H 21/6/91

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