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Assistance to rural industries

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(Statement by the Hon. T . McVeigh, Opposition spokesman on Primary Industry).

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The Opposition spokesman on Primary Industry, Mr. Tom McVeigh, today welcomed the Government's announcement on increased rural adjustment funding, and the provision of special concessional carry-on loans for the sugar industry.

Mr. McVeigh said it was good to see that the Government had finally honoured an election promise with these announcements.

"However, I am concerned that the Government will use these announcements as an excuse for providing little or no further assistance for rural industries in the August Budget.

"For example, industry is anxious to know details of the Government's proposals in respect of funding for the Brucellosis and Tuberculosis Eradication Campaign, wool promotion and rural research — to name but a few."

Mr. McVeigh said that while the provision of $11 million for the sugar industry ($10 million for Queensland and $1 million * for NSW) was welcome, the Commonwealth had effectively only matched a $10 million loan that was proposed by the Queensland

Government some weeks ago.

"Sugar industry leaders that I met in north Queensland last week expressed concern that the Commonwealth was being slow to respond to the Queensland proposal. \

"Given the extremely difficult circumstances currently facing the sugar industry, the Government should have acted much more quickly to provide assistance," Mr. McVeigh said.

CANBERRA June 8, 1983.