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P R E S S R E L E A S E TH E S E N A T E

SENATOR THE HON. TONY MESSNER SHADOW MINISTER FOR SOCIAL SECURITY

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MORE EVIDENCE OF LABOR’ S LACK OF

INTEREST IN COUNTRY PROBLEMS

The Hawke G o v e rn m e n t’ s a c t i o n i n c u t t i n g d r o u g h t a i d was a p e t t y p e n n y -

p i n c h i n g e x e r c i s e t h a t w o u ld h av e d i s a s t r o u s e f f e c t s upon some f a n n e r s

i n S o u th A u s t r a l i a , i t h a s b e e n c la i m e d .

S e n a t o r Tony M e ssn e r ( L i b e r a l , S .A .) s a i d t h a t t h e F e d e r a l G overnm ent

was i g n o r i n g t h e n e e d s o f f a r m e r s i n t h i s S t a t e d e s p i t e t h e f a c t t h a t

. d r o u g h t c o n d i t i o n s s t i l l p r e v a i l e d i n many a r e a s .

S / , . ." I r e c e n t l y w ro te t o t h e M i n i s t e r f o r P r im a ry I n d u s t r y u r g in g t h a t f a rm e rs i n a r e a s t h a t rem ain a f f e c t e d by d ro u g h t s t i l l be e l i g i b l e f o r a s s i s t a n c e . " ... "As no r e s p o n s e h a s b e e n r e c e i v e d , I b e l i e v e i t d e m o n s tra te s t h e M i n i s t e r ’ s

------ c o m p l e te " d is r e g a r d f o r fa rm e rs I n t h i s S t a t e . ” ' ' ' ... .....

S e n a to r M essner s a i d t h a t h e b e l i e v e d t h a t th e a c t i o n h a d b e e n ta k e n

s im p ly t o c u t th e c o s t o f th e programme t o t h e G overnm ent.

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"B ut who i s g o in g to h e lp th e fa rm e rs s t i l l a f f e c t e d by d ro u g h t to c u t

t h e i r c o s t s ? "

"The Government s h o u ld n o t have made c u t s a c r o s s t h e b o a r d . I t s h o u ld

have had th e s e n s e to r e c o g n i s e t h a t c o n d i t i o n s v a ry aro u n d A u s t r a l i a and

made a llo w a n c e f o r c i r c u m s t a n c e s , l i k e th o s e i n South A u s t r a l i a , w here

-.3 d ro u g h t c o n d it io n s s t i l l p r e v a i l . "

S e n a to r M essner s a i d he had telegram m ed th e M in i s te r a d v i s i n g o f th e

d r a s t i c c o n seq u e n c e s of th e d e c i s i o n and urg-'ng t h a t s p e c i a l a s s i s t a n c e

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b e m a d e a v a i l a b l e i n - S o u t h A u s t r a l i a .

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