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Libs shirking duty to struggling farmers

Recently in the Country Leader (November 17), Barnaby Joyce called on Adam Marshall to rethink his drought-assistance strategy.

Mr Marshall sees the importance of the practical measures of transport and fodder rebates in preference to low-interest loans; however, his Liberal/National state government cut these measures in June.

In the same article, Barnaby Joyce reminded the electorate that fodder and transport measures have been the responsibility of the NSW government.

Before the change of government, Labor had provided fodder and transport rebates, which helped keep breeding stock alive. Money can now only be made available if animal welfare issues exist.

The federal emphasis on drought preparedness can’t stretch as far as a two-and-a-half-year drought. NSW farmers are calling for in-event assistance and, as we travel the electorate, we regularly hear their concerns.

It appears that the Liberals in the NSW government relationship are dominating, shirking their responsibility to our state’s farmers, which must be a constant frustration to our Nationals member, Mr Marshall.

It is also a reminder that safe seats are often taken for granted. Let’s make it marginal come March 2015.

Caroline Chapman

Labor State ElectoralCouncil Secretary

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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