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TAS Country : March 22nd 2012
6 Tasmanian Country Friday, March 23, 2012 Your Say Call for more feedback on spray regulations HAVING attended a recent meeting with the Minister Bryan Green, the TFGA and agricultural leaders in the state, it is a relief to see that further feedback from the industry will be con- sidered, before presenting the final draft of the pro- posed legislation on aerial and ground spraying to the Legislative Council (Tas- manian Country, March 16). From our meeting, it was clear that the current draft of the new regu- lations was found to be prescriptive of detection levels beyond common sense. The agricultural indus- try in Tasmania will poten- tially be seriously disad- vantaged against its competitors in Australia and overseas. Industry members have not challenged some con- tentious items in the pro- posed regulations, recog- nising that, although not ideal, they can live with them. The industry has defi- nitely given ground. There are, however, still issues with these regu- lations which would put yet more ''cost of pro- duction'' pressure on agri- culture, at a time when we are in fact trying to pro- mote agriculture as one of the panaceas to address the dire straits of the Tasman- ian economy. The fact that Minister Green acknowledges that the proposed regulations remain problematical for industry is very encourag- ing. I look forward to receiv- ing feedback, from my in- dustry contacts, that nego- tiations are progressing in a positive manner. Greg Hall, MLC Hemp agreement, finally AT last we have an indus- try with tripartite support from the Tasmanian Par- liament which has the po- tential to boost our economy and provide hun- dreds of clean, green jobs. Hoorah for Hemp! Estelle Ross, Riverside Red tape stifles enterprising spirit I WAS very interested in Jan Davis' comments about Tasmanians (Tas- manian Country, March 2). After 58 years of work- ing in private practice I must agree with her find- ings; Tasmania has very little entrepreneurship, business development and progress. I would note that the agricultural industry is an exception --- provided that they improve market- ing and I suggest the TFGA may be in that role. I believe the reasons for Tasmania's demise are due to too many public ser- vants in relation to private businesses, whereby those government departments over-service and restrict private enterprise. I have had experience in a tannery for 20 years that was hammered by the De- partment of Environment. When the tannery closed, so did employment for hundreds of employees. Why? Because overzealous public servants made it impossible to operate in an area where the tannery was first to arrive, or government legislation that is inappropriate. Should this government, after 14 years, require in- dustrial development and employ people without degrees? We need a change in attitude that does not rely upon social payments. I can't see a change with- out a Tasmanian change of attitude. There are some 15 or more family-based com- panies that have left Tas- mania in recent years that had excellent commercial businesses, but were not replaced. Why? Is it because finan- ce is too difficult to obtain in Tasmania? Is it because oversized public service hammers existing busi- nesses? Is it because we have laws that discourage development of export business in Tasmania, that is, Tasmania's Freight Equalisation Scheme favours Victorians against Tasmanians. Is it because we lack strong government leader- ship and certainty of busi- ness when dealing with this government? The future will deter- mine as to whether inves- tors are forced to spend capital here or to spend the same capital in Victoria where the Freight Equalis- ation Scheme gives busi- ness a huge advantage utilising Tasmanian produce. Doug Dickinson Cuthbertson Bros Ltd TASMANIAN ALKALOIDS Value Adding in Tasmania After harvest clean up. Avoid future crop contamination by allowing poppy seed to germinate on the ground surface before deep ploughing or ripping. Your Field Officer can advise 2058267-120309
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