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Thursday, 21 October 2010
Page: 1138


Ms LEY (1:59 PM) —I draw the attention of the House to the very serious flooding in the eastern part of New South Wales in my electorate of Farrer and I make a very specific request to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, who I know is in the other place. That request concerns the area east of the Hume Highway travelling north from Albury, where farmers have recently come out from their exceptional circumstances regime and are therefore not entitled to any support by way of rural financial counselling or subsidies that they would normally get when their crops and their livelihoods have been ruined in this way. My specific request to the minister is that these farmers be included in the existing exceptional circumstances regime, which is available to farmers in the rest of my electorate.


The SPEAKER —Order! In accordance with standing order 43, the time for members’ statements has concluded.