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The Timber industry deservecs and will get a fair go: Tim Fischer



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MEDIA RELEASE *7ini' ^pi&c/ic'l -Ht.p. LEADER OF THE NATIO NAL PARTY O F AUSTRALIA

SHADOW MINISTER FOR ENERGY A N D RESOURCES MEMBER FOR FARRER

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THE TIMBER INDUSTRY DESERVES AND WILL GET A FAIR GO: TIM FISCHER.

EMBARGO 7.00 PM, 23 OCTOBER 1992

The next Federal Government will give a fair go to the timber industry, particularly along the North Coast of NSW.

Federal Leader of the National Party, Tim Fischer said this when speaking at the Australian Timber Industry Stabilisation Organisation's Conference at Coffs Harbour on Friday 23 October 1992.

"For too long the timber industry has been over taxed on the one hand and given less than adequate security on the o t her.

"A big user of transport, the timber industry has been subjected to some three and a half times the level of taxation compared to other industries.

"An absolute commitment of the Coalition is that we will abolish all Payroll Tax, Sales Tax and Fuel Excise Tax on the timber

industry in accordance with the FightbackI Package.

"In addition, we will create a Department of Sustainable

Development to ensure proper decision making and sovereign risk security for the Timber industry."

Mr Fischer added that for too long Government decisions have been made by Senior Cabinet Ministers who are in fact lobbying for vested interests, whether it be environmental or resource considerations. The net result of this is a Cabinet squabble."

"That is why the Department of Sustainable Development is so urgently needed to put together the options and to make the

recommendations, so that the final decision is made with all the facts known and the interests of those that should be considered taken into account and a true 'National Interest' solution found."

Mr Fischer said the aim is to create a 'one stop sho p ' so that

a developer will be able to present the proposal and then it will be up to government resources to process that proposal right through to the approval stage.

"Essentially our approach will be dictated by a 'can do' ethic." Mr Fischer added. ENDS 23 October 1992

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