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Labor will restore National Soil Conservation Program

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Shadow Minister for Primary Industry John Kerin (062)727356 (02)6020330

The Liberal National Party Government takes the rural vote for granted and has no comprehensive cohesive policies to deal with Australia's agricultural problems.

Australia's soils are blowing away with the winds, yet the Fraser Government has done away with the Soil Conservation Program.

Labor will restore the National Soil Conservation Program.

It took nearly four years of drought in N.S.W. for the Fraser Government to provide additional measures of assistance. Mr Nixon was more intent on kicking heads than in attacking the problem.

Labor will put drought administration and funding on a permanent sound basis, not continuous political brawls.

Our statutory marketing authorities need to be revamped and given modern marketing powers, yet the Liberal Party is pledged to do away with the Wool Corporation, the Wheat Board and the Australian Meat and Livestock Corporation.

Mr Fraser has cut the Rural Adjustment Scheme, research funding and extension funding.

Labor promises to boost wool promotion funds.

John Kerin, Labor Shadow Minister for Primary Industry, was in Goulburn today with Jim Snow, A.L.P. candidate for Eden-Monary, where he again discussed Labor's rural policies on drought, soil and water resources, the wool and beef industries.


8 February 1983