Wool tax backed - WAFarmers

WOOL tax payers need to support a 2 per cent wool tax in the forthcoming WoolPoll 2003.

Investment in research and development was paramount to the survival and growth of the industry.

Australian wool growers must continue to invest if they want to achieve long-term profitability.

We need to continually improve our product both on and post-farm to remain competitive in an ever-evolving global market.

– Dale Park

Anti-reform decision not small potatoes

Chamber of Commerce and Industry

THE Gallop Government is making an art form of disguising its perpetuation of irrational, old-fashioned protectionism as, instead, the heroic defence of special interests warranting protection from normal market forces.

Today the Government bestowed its favour on licensed potato growers and the State-owned monopoly wholesaler Western Potatoes who form another of the Government-sponsored "closed shop" business sectors operating in WA by announcing there would be no reform of the industry as required under national competition policy.

The decision by Cabinet was lame and lacked the proper analysis and vigour the community is entitled to expect. It paints the Government as lazy and short-sighted on economic policy.

– Lyndon Rowe

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