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Bruce Scott rejects Senate wheat reform proposal.



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MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Bruce Scott MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR MARANOA

19 June 2003

Bruce Scott rejects Senate wheat reform proposal

Federal National Party Member for Maranoa, Bruce Scott today strongly rejected a Senate recommendation to partially de-regulate the Australian Wheat Export Market.

A Senate Committee inquiry report tabled yesterday called for an overhaul of the system and recommended the provision of greater powers to the Wheat Export Authority.

Mr Scott said the committee’s key proposal to partially de-regulate wheat exports in containers and bags was simply going too far.

“Queensland wheat farmers are now facing their second year without a crop,” he said.

“Any weakening of the single desk arrangements for the Australian Wheat Industry would ultimately lead to the loss of the Australian Wheat Board’s monopoly on the export of Australian wheat.”

Mr Scott said he fully supported Federal Agricultural Minister Warren Truss’ rejection of the Senate inquiry recommendation because if enacted, the proposals would amount to the beginning of the end of the single desk by stealth.

“The vesting of the single desk export status to the Australian Wheat Board puts Australian wheat growers in the best possible position to compete against subsidised world markets,” Mr Scott said.

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