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We all pay for Rudd/Gillard Government overspend

August 2, 2013

  So now the Rudd Government will add a new 0.05% levy on the savings accounts of ordinary Australians.  Apparently they will raise up to $733 million per year. The excuse for the new savings tax is supposed to be ‘a just in case’ nest egg in case our four major banks go belly up. These banks are the best regulated and amongst the most profitable in the world. It is hard to hide a s... Click here for full story

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Time is Running Out

July 17, 2013

  Come on, only $3million needed to protect our orchards from disease, but time is running out! We only have weeks left before the fruit tree blossoms form and then the next season fruit starts to grow. This is the time when traditionally the orchardist would be spraying to protect and fight off fruit and plant pests and diseases. Unfortunately, the growers of canning variety fruit, have ... 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 clu... Click here for full story

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

July 4, 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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New Water Buy-backs Will Take More Jobs and Destroy Our Communities

March 20, 2013

  One of the strongest pleas from across the Murray-Darling Basin has been the irrigators' begging to stop water buybacks. This has been the cheapest for the Gillard Government  to fill their environmental bucket. Sadly too often it has destroyed rural futures. Ten years ago the Goulburn-Murray irrigation system had 1,900 gigalitres to grow food. This volume is almost down to 900 giga... Click here for full story

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No free trade agreements with our key markets leave primary producers in despair

March 6, 2013

  The free trade agreements (FTAs) with our major trading partners, including China, Japan and South Korea, languish unsigned. Australia is therefore losing the race in its key food export markets.   A recently signed FTA between New Zealand and China has seen China’s importance to New Zealand as an agricultural trading partner jump from 12th to 2nd in 4 years. In a recent announcemen... Click here for full story

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Orchardists pay backpacker’s super, but the Federal Government gets most of the money.

February 22, 2013

  Local orchardists and others who employ overseas backpackers are sick of paying 9% superannuation on top of the person’s salary, knowing the worker will rarely end up with the money. It also costs them hugely in extra red-tape and lost business income.   Some of our biggest orchardists in the Goulburn Valley are paying up to $40,000 a year into superannuation funds for their backpac... Click here for full story

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S.A. follows N.S.W. in a predictable race to the bottom

December 21, 2012

  Sharman Stone, Member for Murray says she is hardly surprised but troubled to see two Basin States rush to dishonour 100 year old Murray River management cost sharing agreements and conventions. NSW led off with a shock announcement six months ago; they are now hotly pursued by S.A. announcing it will also slash its joint funding contribution, by 50%.    Unfortunately,... Click here for full story

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New budget means Private Health even harder for Strathbogie Shire

October 23, 2012

$1 billion was cut from Private Health Insurance, even though the Prime Minister had previously stated that she would leave this sector alone. The savings will come from not paying the rebate on increases to premiums above CPI and by removing the rebate on Lifetime Health Cover loading. People in Strathbogie Shire do not have access to public hospital beds. Health Service Centres at Euroa, Nagam... Click here for full story

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Carbon charges disappear off local power bills

October 18, 2012

  The Productivity Commission Electricity Overview Report released on Thursday (18th) Oct has  found that in real terms electricity prices have gone up by more than 50% over the last 5 years.   These hikes in charges in every state are bad enough, but are now being compounded   by the addition of the Carbon Tax on all electricity, and the Carbon Equivalent Tax on c... Click here for full story

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