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Rural sector blames government for ills and does so rightly



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GA 2 4 6 2 1 LAND A A 2 4 6 21 LNCP A A 61 46 9

ATTN: VERN GRAHAM +++PR1ORITY+++

JUST ABOUT EVERYTIME SOMETHING GOES WRONG I N AUSTRALIA .THESE DAYS THE IMMEDIATE REACTION I S TO BALAME THE GOVERNMENT. t

:i OFTEN THAT BLAME I S WRONGLY PLACED . . . BUT I T H A S N 'T BEEN BY

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i j | | THE RURAL SECTOR I S REVOLTING AND THIS GOVERNMENT!S TO BLAME.

-aeg \ WHAT HAS PUSHED THE FARM SECTOR DOWN CAN BE REVERSED, I T ' S -:,s , y HAPPENED BEFORE AND MUST HAPPEN AGA IN. | .· ■

jj I N THE 703 OUR FARMERS LOST MONEY, MARKETS AND CONFIDENCE. A : CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT SAN MARKETS RE-OPENED AFTER DELICA TE N ; NEGOTIATIONS BUT THEN HE RAN HEAD-ON INTO THE B I G DROUGHT.

( $ THE PRESENT C R I S I S H A S N 'T BEEN BROUGHT ABOUT BY DROUGHT.

. 5 ^ 1 I T HAS BEEN PURELY THROUGH THE ACTION OF THE HAWKE GOVERNMENT

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.-41 I y £ J N THE NATIONAL PARTY KEEP A RUNNING L I S T OF GOVERNMENT ΐ ACTIONS AND HON THEY AFFECT THE RURAL SECTOR. ■

■Mm 1 WE DO THAT FOR A CO PULE OF REASONS . . . OUR MEMBERS REPRESENT 4 _ _ i PEOPLE FROM THE RURAL AREAS OF AUSTRALIA AND MANY OF THEM ARE 3 * I FARMERS THEMSELVES. -

1 THAT L I S T I S GROWING AT A RAPID RATE AND I N THE CONTAXT OF THEY

, J CURRENT DEBATE I T I S F A I R ENOUGH TO RECALL SOME OF THOSE ACTIONS. ·>■**· s . ***» a

, j HOW'S THIS FOR A L I N E - U P ?

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t 8 . FUEL COSTS UP 2 5 PER CENT OR 10 CENTS A L I T R E SI NC E HAWKE CAME

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. MASSIVELY. INCREASED EXPORT I N S F E CtH n CHARGES, A w l ■ THE U1NE INDUSTRY HAS BEEN HURT BY AN EX CI SE TAX, SALES TAX ! . AND THEN REDUCED DUTY ON IMPORTED N IN E S , 3 . THE COMMONNEALTH DROUGHT FODDER AND INTEREST PAYMENT S U B S I D I E S

j WERE SCRAPPED WHEN VAST AREAS OF THE COUNTRY WERE S T I L L I N THE J GRIP OF DROUGHT,

X I . THE SUGAR INDUSTRY I S I N A C R I S I S AND NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE

’ ■ 5 TO HELP I T , ■ .

-a«l i „ THERE NAS A GENERAL CUT I N DEPRECIATION RATES, i . THE TAX AVERAGING AND INCOME EQ UALISATION DEPOSITS SCHEME WERE — WRECKED? ■

'43 | . THE SPECIAL DEPRECIATION ALLOWANCE FOR ON-FARM FUEL STORAGE : ;; NAS ABOLISHED, ■.

ΰ9 * . THE B i CENTENNIAL. .NA TER RESOURCES PROGRAM CANCELLED , ' . T PETROLEUM FREIGHT SUBSIDY SCHEME ALL BUT ABOLISHED, ■ . SALES TAX EXEMPTION FOR O I L S AND LUBRICANTS REMOVED, ■ "

. . ;· . DIESEL EXCISE REBATE NOT PROPERL Y INDEXED, l . A V I A T I O N FUEL EX C IS E INCREASED, '.a „ .■ . ONLY $5 M I L L I O N HAS BEEN PROVIDED FOR SOI L CONSERVATION I N THE M t 23 MONTHS LABOR HAS BEEN I N POWER COMPARED WITH A PROMISE OF

-· g $4 M I L L I O N I N I T S F I R S T YEAR,

* * . FARMERS H I T WITH A DISCRIMINATORY ASSETS TEST, £ 5 I * LGP SUBSIDY ABOLISHED jj . . . AS I S A I D , THE L I S T GOES ON AND ON / E X C L A M / . .

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I EVEN THE GOVERNMENT'S DESIRE FOR ' ' TALKFESTS' ΐ FARMING SECTOR. HAS SPREAD -TO THE

EARLIER THIS YEAR I T PARTICIPATED I N A FARM COST SUMMIT WITH THE ' "- ‘ Ν Α TIONAL FARMERS FEDERATION. mil . .A n OTHING NAS ACHIEVED. .35* 8 ■ ■| I N EVERY BUDGET MOVE AND M I N I BUDGET THE RURAL SECTOR HAS BEEN “■SIGNALLED OUT TO BEAR THE BRUNT OF THE P A IN . -;w b i|‘I NO NONDER OUR FARMERS ARE TAKING TO THE STREETS AND LETTING THE ] GOVERNMENT KNON JUST WHERE THEY STAND..5 ' t l T H E PL IG HT OF AUSTRALIAN FARMING CAN CHANGE DIRECTIONS ' A THE SETTER.FOR, 'ftALL I T WILL TAKE WILL BE A GOVERNMENT THAT I S SYMPATHETIC, CAN UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEMS OF THEMEN AND NOMEN OF THE LAND AND THAT ;;yy| '^UIULL STOP K I C K I N G FARMERS AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY.L* m $ T H E PROBLEMS WITH OUR OVERSEAS MARKETS M ILL NOT BE E A S I L Y CHANGED, "* %BUT i r CAN HAPPEN.- PWE PROVED THAT I N t 9 7 6 WHEN THE JAPANESE MEAT MARKET NAS ~M I r e- e s t a b l i s h e d .I ,I I T NAS TOUGH, BUT I T NAS DONE.g .^ * ALSOf THERE ARE SOME VERY BASIC ECONOMIC FACTORS WHICH THE HAWKE i l l tGOVERNMENT HAS F A I L E D TOR ECOGNISE. S I M P L Y , WITHOUT A V IA B LE ■ . i RURAL AUSTRALIA I T I S IMP OS SIB LE TO HAVE A V IA B LE AUSTRALIA.Ί|OUR FARMERS MUST GET 4 F A I R GO OR OTHERWISE THIS COUNTRY WILL -’ GO DOWN THE DRAIN AT A RAPID RATE. ■> Ϊ ΑΝΟ THAT' S A FACT. 'J9^ ~l· -r - l· - h §ENDS•i PLES PASS TO VERN GRAHAM URGENTL YSSSSSP-SeSHSi_ y LNCF A A 6 i4 6 9ψ § LAND AA24621 ’j

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