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TAS Country : February 17th 2011
10 Tasmanian Country Friday, February 18, 2011 YOUR SAY firstname.lastname@example.org Abalone and boloney I WRITE in response to David Byard's column, ''Safeguards serve state well'' (Tasmanian Country, January 28). The Tasmanian Liberals strongly agree with Mr Byard's concerns. The State Government has again proved its incompetence in the pri- mary industries portfolio by putting Tasmania's $100 million abalone industry at huge risk because it under-funded biosecurity in Tas- mania. The Abalone Industry Council has confirmed that it created a bio- security plan several years ago, but after token efforts were made by the government, the implementation did not give enough funding from the department. The council is rightly disappointed with the government's poor effort. The Government is stumbling from one disaster to the next, and key issues are being ignored until a crisis develops. The Tasmanian Liberals have long been campaigning for a well- resourced biosecurity system in this state, and urge the Government to increase funding to the program. In the last budget, the Labor- Green Government cut $2 million from the quarantine and biosecurity budget over four years, a key exam- ple of their extreme short- sightedness. For the sake of a $2 million saving, they have potentially risked a $100 million industry that employs hun- dreds of Tasmanians and damages our brand as a producer or quality produce. JEREMY ROCKLIFF MP Tasmanian Opposition spokesman for primary industry Cost will get deer-er GOOD to see David Byard (January 28) give biosecurity a plug. It is comforting to know that the DPIPWE facility is in place for when we need it. The theme ''prevention is better than cure'' also needs to get a run. The first risk example you re- ferred to was foot-and-mouth disease. If that ever reached Tasmania, given the way the feral deer popu- lation has been permitted to grow and spread, the cost and manage- ment issues would be great. It amused me that the photo included with your piece included Tasmania's highest profile impedi- ment to deer control! I encourage you to use your standing and influence with people like ''Bio Bryan'' to push for deregu- lation of deer or at least a change in the way the wildlife regulations are applied so that those farmers and foresters who want to reduce the cost and risk imposed by feral deer are able to do so. SIMON CAMERON Conara Have a hemp-led recovery CANADA legalised growing industrial hemp in 1998. It has burgeoned to a $-billion economy providing 100,000s of clean green jobs. Why is the State Government not taking advantage of this fantastic opportunity to boost our economy? All it needs is for it to remove industrial hemp from the Poisons Act and for the Federal Government to allow the human consumption of hemp seed. Manufacturers are waiting in the wings. Australia has lost so many innovators who have taken their expertise overseas. Don't let this happen again. ESTELLE ROSS Riverside Own a bright future Our dealers are sweating. But it s nothing to do with the weather. The fact is there s never been a better time to buy a New Holland, with massive offers across our full tractor range. Your local dealer will work hard to give you a great deal, including finance. But if you can t find him when you pop into the New Holland showroom don t worry. He hasn t run away. He s probably just changing his shirt. Tractoriffic deals unfolding all summer NEWHOLL0171_TC
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