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TAS Country : May 10th 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012 Tasmanian Country 9 Opinion GST knives out for Tasmania TFGA matters with Jan Davis SUCCESS STORY: A packed Agfest site highlighted the buoyant attitude of producers. IT'S been a week of highs and lows --- and I'm not just talking about the weather! I left Quercus Park with a spring in my step after the three days of Agfest. I thought it was just sensational. The Rural Youth army runs the event with military precision. Nothing is left to chance --- every- where you looked there is a volunteer doing their job professionally. Nothing daunts them. Visitors could not help but be im- pressed with the size and variety of the stands, pavilions and sites. The TFGA's pavilion, you will be pleased to learn, won the award for the best double site (10m x 20m) at Agfest. Undoubtedly, a highlight for many visitors to the pavilion was the demon- strations by Bob ''the Butcher'' Dewar of how to divide a carcass into its various cuts, their preparation for the table by chef Daniel Alps, sometimes overseen by Glenn McGrath in his role as an ambassador for the Australian Year of the Farmer. He looked right at home. Most importantly, though, was the air of genuine optimism that prevailed. Everywhere you looked people were happy; farmers were locked in conver- sation about the good times we are enjoying in agriculture in Tasmania. They were talking about their plans for the future; they were talking about investment; they were talking about innovation. All of which is essential if you take the time to drill down into the detail of Tuesday's Federal Budget to gain an insight into what life could be like in Tasmania a few years down the track. Even before the Budget, we knew the knives were out for Tasmania as far as GST receipts were concerned. There is growing resentment in the richer states of our share of that federal revenue. We get back $1.60 for every $1 collected in GST here. Western Aust- ralians get 55c. The Federal Budget forward esti- mates show that by 2015/16 the West- ern Australian take could be down to 29 cents in the dollar while Tasmania will still be above $1.40. Now, no matter how many people in mainland states tell you that how much they love Tasmania, they are not going to put up with that sort of discrimi- nation if they are told or if they believe that Tasmania is not pulling its weight in economic activity. I have said before that the ideal of locking most of Tasmania away as a world heritage national park comes at a huge cost. Interstate resentment at footing the bill for this is growing. We are also beginning to hear reports of concerns about how you protect such a huge area of reserved forested land. Who fights the bushfires in the parks? Not the conservation organisations that demanded their cre- ation. They are nowhere to be seen. We are going to be under growing pressure to pull our weight economi- cally. Time is running out to come up with the strategy to bring that about. As Agfest demonstrated, Tasmanian agriculture will lead the way if it is permitted to do so, but we need the shackles removed so we can get on with developing our land to feed the world and create wealth for Tasmania. We are ready to talk. Great cars, Great prices. Hobart Great Wall 275 Main Road, Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3315 www.hobartgreatwall.com.au Neil Buckby Motors www.neilbuckbymotors.com.au $24,990. Drive away. Metallic paint $350 extra. $22,990. Drive away. $28,990. Drive away. Metallic paint $350 extra. $17,990. Drive away. X200 AWD Turbo Diesel V240 4X2 Petrol SINGLE CAB V200 4X4 Turbo Diesel SINGLE CAB V200 4X2 Turbo Diesel DUAL CAB i AU TOMATIC Automatic Turbo Diesel now available LMCT 3379 Burnie Great Wall 171 Bass Hwy, Cooee Phone: 6431 6868
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