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TAS Country : August 19th 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010 Tasmanian Country 13 Your Say firstname.lastname@example.org New alliance safeguards state PLEASED: Senator Christine Milne. We must ensure that Australia Post is resourced to properly screen incoming freight --- especially seeds.' I welcome the newly established Pri- mary Industry Biosecurity Action Al- liance in Tasmania. The alliance is essential for Tas- mania's biodiversity and it will help us retain strict quarantine and bio- security procedures and upgrade them where possible. With the advent of the NBN and faster broadband we must ensure that Australia Post is resourced to properly screen incoming freight --- especially seeds. One of the many areas that needs federal attention is ensuring that the emergency plans and compensation provisions for eradication apply to Tasmanian producers in all sectors otherwise there is no incentive to report a new or emerging disease or outbreak until it is too late. For example, I am worried that not enough surveillance is being conducted to make sure that Tasmanian tomato and potato growers are aware of the devastating impacts of the tomato/ potato psyllid now spreading quickly in New Zealand. It is a North American pest the size of an adult aphid which drastically reduces the quality and yield of crops. It was first discovered on New Zealand's North Island in 2006 but has now spread to the South Island. Tas- manian quarantine procedures need to be ramped up to try to prevent its introduction and growers need to know what they are looking for and be confident that if the pest appears here they will be compensated for any quarantining they have to undertake. I look forward to working with the alliance on this and other biosecurity issues not least of which will be the appeal against the decision to give the green light to apple imports from New Zealand in spite of fire blight risk. CHRISTINE MILNE Australian Greens Who will clean up MIS mess? ERIC Abetz and Tony Burke continue their fa- natical support for the failed, disastrous and de- ceptive Managed Invest- ment Schemes (MIS) that have destroyed the finan- ces, hopes and trust of many Australians. Managed Investment Schemes are primarily financed by the diversion of income-tax money into the bank accounts of MIS corporations where much of it is used to purchase farms, only to destroy them, and establish unsu- stainable, low-value, non- viable pulp wood plan- tations. As the MIS corporations are going bankrupt, large parcels of Australia's land are being transferred to foreign ownership. Many of us have expected, docu- mented, lobbied and publi- cised this disastrous out- come for over 10 years. We could well ask why do Senator Abetz and Mr Burke fanatically support and facilitate the MIS pro- cess of making overseas corporations the new and permanent owners of hun- dreds of thousands of hec- tares of what was our highly productive farm land. Who in the Liberal, Labor or Greens party will make public commitment to do all they possibly can to dismantle and remove the 100 per cent tax-free MIS policy that is financ- ing these disastrous Man- aged Investment Schemes? BOB LOONE Chudleigh Irrigation delay Labor betrayal The construction of Tas- mania's Midlands Irri- gation Scheme has been held up due to bureau- cratic assessments. Farmers are upset at the ongoing delays in the criti- cal irrigation project which was launched way back in September 2008. It is a bit rich for Labor to release a policy for a 'National Food Plan' be- cause their track record is laced with putting barriers in front of farmers es- pecially those in Tas- mania's Midlands. You can't grow more food if you prevent farmers farming or do Labor and Dick Adams still believe that our food just comes from the supermarket? We have almost reached the two year anniversary of the Midlands Irrigation Scheme yet not one sod of soil has been turned or drop of water has flowed. Labor's decision to list Tasmanian native grass- lands under the EPBC Act had caused significant de- lays to the project. Not only did Labor's listing of the grasslands lock up major tracts of farmland, it is now having a major impact on the construction of the irri- gation scheme. Labor and Dick Adams have betrayed the farmers of his electorate who he said he would stand up for. Mr Adams rolled over to Labor --- and fringe en- vironmental groups intent on shutting down our farming sector --- when he voted against a move to not lock up the grasslands. This was despite an as- surance to farmers he would fight the decision by the Federal Government. Farmers had already been working to protect the grasslands. They didn't need a blunt instrument to lock up their farmland. 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