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MURRAY GOULBURN SHOCK

August 23, 2013

On Wednesday there was the shock announcement of a huge number of new job losses, in fact some 72 positions to go, from Murray Goulburn Dairy factories across the state.  Thirty-eight of these positions will be axed from the Cobram Murray Goulburn factory and four at Rochester.    Unfortunately Murray Goulburn has had to pay $14mill to Labor’s carbon tax. The carbon tax did not ad... Click here for full story

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Give Small Business a Break - Reduce Regulation

July 12, 2013

Small business, including farming, is the heart of our community and job creation. Self-employed people work exceptional hours and put their own money on the line. Many small businesses in Murray have grown into large businesses, still with connection to their community and providing a strong economic advantage to our region. They also sponsor our sporting clubs, service clubs, churches and envi... Click here for full story

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Enough is Enough. Coles fined for claiming “Aussie” signs

July 5, 2013

Supermarket giant Coles is complaining bitterly that the ACCC process which fined them a tiny $61,000 for misleading advertising “was appalling”. Quite frankly, I do not care how difficult or inconvenient the investigation and fining process was. Quite simply, Coles cannot and should not get away with hanging signs over its imported fruit and vegetables which declare that it is “Helping Australia... Click here for full story

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Labor’s National Food Plan Green Paper found wanting

July 18, 2012

  The Gillard Government yesterday released the Green Paper for their National Food Plan. Federal Member for Murray, Dr Sharman Stone says while the document says many of the right things, when placed against what they are actually doing, it doesn’t stack up.   “They point out that by 2050, world food demand is expected to rise by 77% in monetary terms, with much of this growth happen... Click here for full story

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Shrink the irrigation system and you shrink our communities and economy

July 17, 2012

  The Victorian Government’s Goulburn-Murray Water (G-MW)- Northern Victorian Irrigation Renewal Project (NVIRP) Foodbowl Modernisation Project, plans to shut down or privatise half of the existing infrastructure in the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District. This move could put the region’s future economic viability in jeopardy.   It will impact not only farms, but the towns that depen... Click here for full story

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Stunts in Parliament do not save lives or protect our borders.

June 29, 2012

  Federal Member for Murray, Dr Sharman Stone says “it is hard not to be cynical about why the Gillard Government put the Independent Rob Oakeshott’s motion about people smuggling into parliament this week.”   “This motion proposed among other things to continue Labor’s Malaysia people swap deal. This involves Australia sending 800 asylum seekers to Malaysia where the people are detai... Click here for full story

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Extaordinary report on the Murray Darling Basin

June 20, 2012

Dr STONE  (Murray) (16:07): The Monash University's Centre of Policy Studies has just released a report that I have found so extraordinary that I have to make reference to it. The study claims that it is in fact a waste of money to invest in infrastructure upgrades which set about to save irrigation water, which can then be supplied to, for example, the environment to improve sustainability,... Click here for full story

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Labor to phase out Principal Plant Scientist Position from Biosecurity Australia

February 14, 2012

Senate Estimates questioning on Monday revealed the shamefaced confession that Labor is going to phase out the Principal Plant Scientist position from Biosecurity Australia. Good science and surveillance are the only things we have standing between us and an invasion of the new plant and animal diseases. Unfortunately Labor has slashed inspection rates of containers and other imports as it runs ... Click here for full story

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We stopped the pipeline, now anything is possible

November 30, 2010

The only truly rural electorate to change hands from Labor to Liberal in Victoria on Saturday and with a massive swing too was Seymour. This swing was a resounding NO vote for the North-South Pipeline, that ultimate Bracks/Brumby folly which pilfered water from food producers and family farms, pushing it up and over the Great Dividing Range to a capital city that did not care to recycle or harvest... Click here for full story

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Paid Parental Leave must be better

June 23, 2010

At a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra the Prime Minister was asked a very serious question by a journalist. Latika Bourke, from Radio 2UE, asked Mr Rudd why his leadership was “in crisis”. Mr Rudd did not answer the question but commented instead on what Ms Bourke was wearing.   What she was wearing is beside the point. The fact that Mr Rudd thought it appropriate, even humo... Click here for full story

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