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TAS Country : April 21st 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011 Tasmanian Country 7 TFGA www.tfga.com.au DROWNED HOPE: Don't leave room for misunderstanding or misrepresentation when asking for help. Our prime goal at the moment is to convince the Tasmanian Government that it should establish a state emergency fund that is available for non-insurable tasks, notably clean-up work, after extreme weather events.' Storm, tempest and twaddle assistance, but only as a last resort. What we have been seeking most recently is help to clean up flood damage so people can get back into their paddocks and start again; to remove rubble, logs, and other storm debris; to repair bridges and roads to allow access; and to lift essential fencing to stop stock from straying into public areas. I have stressed to the Government that these things are not a result of any negligence on the part of farmers. Some farmers are facing millions of dollars of losses as a result of the recent series of storms and floods. Others may have experienced much lower dollar-value losses but these may well wipe them out. To some extent, that's just the way it goes with farming. No assistance is available -- or has been requested -- to make up for those losses. As long as we are being misrepresented as a mob of mendicants forever whining about our plight, it is going to be impossible to gain public understanding and therefore support for what we do. I think it behoves all of us to ensure that: We do all in our power to protect our incomes through reputable insurers where that facility is available. We weather-proof our businesses as much as is practical. When we make a case for assistance from the public coffers, we do so in language that both politicians and the public understand and that is not capable of misrepresentation. Our prime goal at the moment is to convince the Tasmanian Government that it should establish a state emergency fund that is available for non-insurable tasks, notably clean-up work, after extreme weather events. A great failure of our federal system is the ease with which state governments are able to pass the buck to Canberra. We don't think it is unreasonable for Tasmanian farmers to expect to have programs designed to meet Tasmanian conditions. Call Australia s safest bank* on 1300 30 30 33 or visit www.rabobank.com.au RAB0540/12 ■ Earn market-leading interest with a Rabobank Farm Management Deposit. ■ One year fixed term, interest paid annually. ■ Minimum deposit $1,000, maximum $400,000. ■ A tax effective product to spread assessable income over more than one tax year. ■ Our FMDs are reinvested back into Australia s progressive and dynamic agricultural sector. ■ Backed by Rabobank, among the 25 largest financial institutions in the world. Rabobank. One focus. Rabobank Farm Management Deposits are issued by Rabobank Australia Limited ABN 50 001 621 129 AFSL 234 700. Conditions and eligibility criteria apply to primary producers under the Farm Management Deposits Scheme. This advertisement, and any tax related information, is general in nature. You should consider your objectives, financial situation and needs, and the Farm Management Deposits Terms and Conditions, available at our branches, before making any financial decisions. Rabobank recommends you ask your tax adviser or accountant about any taxation implications before investing in a Farm Management Deposit. Early termination fees apply. *The obligations of Rabobank Australia Limited are guaranteed by its ultimate parent, Rabobank, which has been ranked among the top 10 safest banks in the world for over 10 years and is ranked higher than any other bank in Australia in Global Finance magazine's "World's Safest Banks" list. with our Farm Management Deposit. Earn6.7 6.7% p.a.
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