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TAS Country : September 23rd 2010
8 Tasmanian Country Friday, September 24, 2010 TFGA www.tfga.com.au PO BOX 72 COOEE TASMANIA 7320 Email) firstname.lastname@example.org PH) 1300 850 824 FAX) 03 64353433 Tired of inferior wet weather gear that won't last and leaks? Try wet weather gear made for extremes. Ripguard -- Tear resistant nylon range Guy Cotton -- heavy duty PVC range We also supply, aprons, gumboots, knives, gloves, PPE and more! RIPGUARD u 2024263-100924 Opening Hours Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday 10am - 4pm 147 Liverpool Street, Hobart Ph: 6234 8882 2034090-100910 We could be happy in medium term LEARNING: Joe Ludwig TFGA matters with Jan Davis It's very difficult to get a grasp of what they stand for, although Senator Ludwig has already embraced Tony Burke's concept of a national food plan.' JULIA Gillard's minority government might like to consider a further politi- cal reform as it negotiates its way with the support of two country indepen- dents, Denison independent Andrew Wilkie and Green Adam Bandt. They are seeking certainty about the next election date and my understand- ing is that the Prime Minister is giving it some thought. But it will be only three years away and, in my view, that's too short a time for MPs to concentrate on the job at hand. We need four years, so that MPs aren't distracted too soon with the prospect of the next election. The reason I raise it at the moment is that a three-year term means that farmers get little time to educate ministers about the needs and con- cerns of the rural sector before an election is held and they lose office or get a new portfolio. That is what has happened this time. I reckon Tony Burke was a pretty effective minister for agriculture, fisheries and forestry. It is one of the most important ministries, certainly one of those where it is vital that a minister has a rapport with his ''con- stituents'', in this case farmers. Suddenly he's gone. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has left him with Sustain- able Population, Communities, En- vironment and Water. Instead we have two more non- farmers in charge of rural policy: Senator Joe Ludwig, who is the princi- pal minister, and Mike Kelly, who is parliamentary secretary. Both are law- yers. Each has a regional background but they are in for a very steep learning curve. It's very difficult to get a grasp of what they stand for, although Senator Ludwig has already embraced Tony Burke's concept of a national food plan. That's something the TFGA has been advocating for some time. Australian farmers have a mounting respons- ibility for ensuring the food supply of this country as well as increasing its share of world supplies. Undoubtedly, much of their time will be spent trying to reach a long-term resolution of the competing demands on the Murray-Darling system. Senator Ludwig has already spoken of his commitment to achieving a strong and effective biosecurity system for Australia. For Tasmanian farmers, that is really important. Because we are an island, we have many advan- tages in terms of our pest-free status. It is really important that that status is maintained. It is one of our great natural advantages. The danger we face is that in the next two years we can begin to form relationships with the two ministers but before you know it, it will be election time again. In my view, three-year terms do not work in the interests of efficient government. Five years, as they have in the UK, is too long. Let's have the happy medium. GETTING IT STRAIGHT HARVEST Moon grower awards reported in last week's Tasmanian Country contained inac- curacies. The winners of this year's award included onion and potato awards, M&K Lee from Barunah Pty Ltd at Westbury, Broc- cil award, G&G Stott from Moriarty. Talks to wrap up forest package TASMANIAS cash strap- ped forest contractors are no closer to knowing when a $20 million assistance package will be delivered. Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Joe Ludwig has been in Tas- mania this week to con- tinue talks with the indus- try to speed up the rolling out of the funds promised during the Federal Elec- tion. The package was one of Denison Independent MP Andrew Wilkie''s key wish list items resulting in him giving his support to a Gillard government. Mr Ludwig said he was yet to hold discussions with Mr Wilkie but would ''endeavour to speak with him when Federal Parlia- ment resumes next week. Senator Ludwig met Tasmanian Resources Minister Bryan Green and key forest industry rep- resentatives to finalise the make-up of the package. Representatives in- cluded Tasmanian Forest Contractors Association chairman Rodney Bishop, Australian Forest Contrac- tors Association chairman Colin McCulloch as well as unions. Senator Ludwig said he was not willing to put a firm timeframe on the de- livery of the package. ''Negotiations have been progressing well and I look forward to ongoing dis- cussions to achieve the outcomes we all hope for. ''Mr Green said the State Government had provided emergency funding totall- ing $5.4 million for contrac- tors and welcomed the Fed- eral assistance. ''Forest contractors have been doing it extremely tough and it is important we move quickly to pro- vide the necessary relief,'' Mr Green saidLabor and the Coalition both prom- ised the money in the lead- up to the Federal Election. *Prices valid until 31st December, or while stocks last. * Approved finance customers must be an ABN holder. Deal calculated at 1/3 deposit required, GST to be paid with 1/3 deposit. 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