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TAS Country : October 21st 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010 Tasmanian Country 21 The Stock Report Biosecurity levy prompts farmer fury FARMER groups have slammed a new biosecurity levy that will force South Australian producers to pay up to $185 a year towards keeping pests and diseases out of the state. They fear it sets a dangerous precedent that could see governments shift more biosecurity costs, which benefit the entire community, to indi- vidual farmers. Biosecurity SA claims the new levies of $165 to $185 per year are needed to meet the SA Government's new cost-recovery targets. Victorian Farmers Fed- eration livestock executive chairman Chris Nixon slammed any moves to make farmers pay for bio- security measures, in Vic- toria or interstate. He said the public benefit of having solid biosecurity in any state outweighed the private benefit for farmers. ''If there is an incursion we're all buggered, not just the livestock producers,'' Mr Nixon said. He said he was worried the SA Government's move could set a precedent. ''Governments do look at what other governments do and it is a worrying trend,'' Mr Nixon said. ''If there's an exotic dis- ease outbreak it is every- one's problem. Individual farms are at risk, but so is the entire economy of South Australia, if there is a disease incursion. ''So biosecurity should be an issue for everyone, not just industry.'' A Victorian Government spokesman said it had ''no plans to introduce a bio- security levy payable by livestock producers or any other rural landholders''. Department of Primary Industries director of ani- mal biosecurity and wel- fare Dr Tony Britt said biosecurity in Victoria was a shared responsibility among all stakeholders, in- cluding the Government, producers, agents, saleyard operators and processors. He said one of the Vic- torian Government's key contributions to bio- security was through the DPI property registration service, which was free to all livestock owners. ''All stakeholders con- tribute to the common good of maintaining systems in Victoria that can respond effectively to an emergency animal-disease or food- safety incident,'' Dr Britt said. ''We believe bio- security should remain a shared responsibility and DPI sees no reason to intro- duce a biosecurity levy on producers.'' The Weekly Times AWI does its best to avoid conflict HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: AWI chairman Wal Merriman, centre, lends a hand skirting fleeces in the Ovens Valley. OLSSON SHEIL AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has dodged questions regarding alleged conflicts of interests for two of its board members, Chick Olsson and Meredith Sheil. In documents released last week by the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs Committee, AWI said the board's Mar- keting and Intellectual Property Com- mittee, of which Mr Olsson and Dr Sheil were members, no longer existed. At a Senate Estimate hearing in May, Senator Concetta Fierravanti- Wells posed the conflict of interest question given the involvement of Mr Olsson and Dr Sheil with pain relief and mulesing. ''Is there not a conflict of interest or at least a perceived conflict of interest for Mr Olsson to chair the [AWI's] marketing sub-committee and Dr Sheil the on-farm Science and Welfare Com- mittee?'' Senator Fierravanti-Wells as- ked. AWI did not answer the question, but instead stated the marketing com- mittee no longer existed and that fellow board member George Falkiner now chaired the Science and Welfare Com- mittee. The Senate Committee also sought answers on Allan Giffard's involve- ment at AWI. Mr Giffard has an interest in Animal Ethics, which developed the pain relief treatment Tri-Solfen. AWI said Mr Giffard was hired to review the process of selling Woolmark licensees, and that more recently he had a $75,000 four-month contract to review ''post farm business units''. AWI also disclosed to the committee that it had a net staff loss of 64 people in the two years to June 2010. AWI listed 24 staff resignations and 46 redundancies. The documents also revealed: AWI chief executive Stuart McCul- lough is paid a salary package of $327,000, significantly less than his predecessor Brenda McGahan, who was paid $446,000. Mr McCullough's salary is also less than the $374,420 paid to the European consultant and former Benetton mar- keting executive Fabrizio Servente. AWI had allocated $449,309 to pro- vide a Woolmark Colour and Trend forecasting service to licensees, whereas AWI spent only $200,000 on the collection of business intelligence data for 2009-10. 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