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TAS Country : September 2nd 2010
12 Tasmanian Country Friday, September 3, 2010 Your Say email@example.com Protect crops from disease No amount of protocol can guarantee it will not come into Tasmania or Australia.' TASMANIA cannot take any risks with its potato and tomato industries and must become seriously engaged to prevent New Zealand potatoes being brought to Tas- mania for processing. I have contacted the Rural and Regional Committee of the Senate and had this issue put on the agenda to deal with as soon as the parliament resumes. The evidence to date demonstrates there are no circumstances which can protect Tasmania other than a complete ban on the import of fresh potatoes from New Zealand. Discussions about biosecurity always come down to whether or not protocols that are put in place are sufficient to prevent disease or pests getting in to the country. New Zealand scientists and biosecurity personnel do not know how the potato tomato psyllid got into New Zealand, and therefore no amount of protocol can guarantee it will not come into Tasmania or Australia. We must therefore say the risk is too great and refuse to accept fresh potatoes from New Zealand. SENATOR CHRISTINE MILNE Australian Greens Caption1Libs strive so forestry thrives Iam committed to supporting the forest industry and forestry workers.' REGARDING Forestry Tasmania (Your Say, August 27), the forest industry is something that the Tasmanian Liberals strongly support and have great confidence in. I am committed to supporting the forest industry and forestry workers, and I believe in a strong future for the industry based on value- adding, innovation, investment and research. The recent announcement by Forestry Tasmania that it will record a loss for the past financial year is a cause of concern for Tasmanians and shows signs of an industry that is facing considerable challenges. We should look for ways to make sure the forestry industry not only survives, but thrives. The Regional Forestry Agreement is one part of this, and is something that the Tasmanian Liberals completely support, but we do need to make sure that Forestry Tasmania is best placed to look after our valuable forestry resource, provide employment for Tasmanian workers and also deliver a return to support the community. That is the point I made in my budget reply speech, and I stand by it. Any suggestion to the contrary is misinformed, and I look forward to meeting with the people of forestry groups soon to discuss the future of the industry.WILL HODGMAN Liberal Opposition Leader Take global forest view THERE are serious conse- quences of ending native forest harvesting. The withdrawal of native forest harvesting makes it more difficult for Australia to practise su- stainable forestry at the global scale. Is this ethical? If we decrease fibre supply from native forests, we must look elsewhere to fill the gap. As a net importer of wood products (1.93 billion in 2007-08), if plantations cannot fill the gap we add pressure on someone else's forests. Will plantations replace all products extracted from native forests at the same volume? What will be the impact of a large expan- sion of plantation forests on things such as food production? Increases in forest im- ports add pressure on someone else's forests. We could import products har- vested unsustainably. Could this thinking lo- cally have negative conse- quences at the global scale, for a nation with the largest forest area per per- son in the world and among the largest con- sumers of resources per person globally? Could we face an inter- national backlash from en- vironmentalists demand- ing we access the global forest resource equitably? With forests well rep- resented in reserves, if we add forests to these re- serves, are we reserving more of the same? Did we reserve a threatened ecosy- stem? How do forest ecosy- stems compare with other ecosystems, such as native grasslands or woodlands, for preservation need? Is the best solution for the debate a ''for'' or ''again- st'' native forest harvest argument, or are we asking the wrong questions? Dr MARTIN MORONI Care of People of Forestry Tasmania Katter's beef with agricultural policy We have a crisis in Australia's agriculture sector.' THE most positive com- ments post election for rural Australia have come from North Queensland In- dependent Bob Katter. They follow his magnifi- cent speech in the House of Representatives on June 24 when he flayed the major political parties for the policies that they have pur- sued --- policies that have almost destroyed Aust- ralia's agricultural sector. While Bob Katter is gen- erally excluded from main- stream media the prospect of a hung Parliament with the Independents holding the balance of power has given the Member for Ken- nedy an opportunity to exert pressure for a correc- tion of the neglect of far- mers by both major politi- cal parties over the last 30 years. We have a crisis in Australia's agriculture sec- tor.A $55 billion plus rural debt means that farmers continue to borrow money. Meanwhile, seven bil- lion dollars worth of food was imported into Aust- ralia last year from third world countries with a lower cost of production , or from developed nations that directly subsidise their farmers. Bob Katter alone seems to understand the insanity of these poli- cies. Bob Katter advocates --- promotion and protection of Australian grown foods. Promotion of alternative fuels such as ethanol and 10% customs duty on all imports into Australia. If these policies were implemented they all would be positive steps towards rebuilding our decimated farming sector. BRAD BELLINGER chairman Australian Beef Association Let's hear from you Send your opinion to Tasmanian Country, 93 Macquarie St, Hobart, Tasmania or e-mail tas.country @ dbl.newsltd .com.au Emailed letters should have Letter to Editor' as their subject. To be held on Tuesday 28th September 2010, at Primary Employers Tasmania, 28 Garfield Street, Launceston commencing at 12.00noon. The business of the Annual General Meeting will be: 1. To receive from the President and Auditor of the Association the annual reports concerning the Association during the past financial year. 2. To elect the officers of the Association. 3. To appoint the auditor and determine remuneration. 4. To appoint the Public Officer for 2010/2011. 5. To determine the annual subscription for 2010/2011. 6. To transact any other business for which notice is given in accordance with the rules. S.R.Zichy-Woinarski Public Officer 1st September 2010 2028679-100903 TASMANIAN ALKALOIDS Value Adding in Tasmania 2027824-100716 Germinating poppy crops can be at risk. Watch out for slugs, snails, earthmites and springtails. Take appropriate action if required. Your Field Officer can advise. .
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