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Parliament passes government's extra dairy assistance.

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Gary Nairn MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro PO Box 232, Queanbeyan NSW 2620 Tollfree NSW 1800 041 539 Ph: (02) 6297 3952 Fax: (02) 6297 5768

Press Release Ref: 408 Published: 29/6/2001 Title: Parliament passes Government’s extra dairy assistance

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn, today welcomed the successful passage through the Parliament of legislation to provide an additional $159 million in Federal assistance measures for dairy farmers.

Gary Nairn said that the Howard Government has moved to address the concerns of Bega Valley and Eurobodalla dairy farmers and the communities who have been adversely affected by the State Government’s decision to deregulate the dairy industry.

The Howard Government has also expanded the supplementary assistance package which will now provide an average payment of $34,000 to an estimated 1500 dairy farmers in NSW.

Ninety per cent of NSW dairy farmers will receive a supplementary payment under the new package.

“Local dairy farmers will welcome the final passing of this legislation, so that the Government can now get on with the important task of implementing the package and ensuring farmers receive their payments as soon as possible,” Gary Nairn said.

“The extra $159 million comes on top of the $1.78 billion already provided and clearly demonstrates the Howard Government’s commitment to helping the dairy industry adjust to the State’s decision to deregulate the dairy industry.

“The NSW Labor Government has contributed nothing to help dairy farmers still struggling with the removal of State-based milk price support arrangements, but the Federal Government has stepped in to help, first with the comprehensive $1.78 billion Dairy Structural Adjustment Program and now with this extra $159 million in assistance.

“In addition in contrast to the Howard Government’s practical assistance, Federal Labor has done nothing but hold talkfests and propose band aid measures knocked back by the industry itself.

“If Mr Beazley was serious about helping Bega Valley and Eurobodalla dairy farmers he’d tell Mr Carr that it’s time the State Government took their hands out of their pockets.”