Wednesday 17 October 2012
WEST Australian wheat farmers have slammed Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s attempt to appease dissention in the Coalition over his handling of the abolition of Wheat Exports Australia (WEA) by promising to get a commitment for full deregulation from Nationals Leader Warren Truss.
PGA Western Grain Growers Chairman John Snooke said Tony Abbott’s signing of an agreement with Mr Truss was "beyond rational thought".
"Mr Abbott has fallen for the old Nationals’ chestnut of confusing everyone into thinking that you can deregulate through regulating," Mr Snooke said.
“The simple truth is the Government’s Bill is not about whether the wheat export industry is partially or fully deregulated but about removing a redundant bureaucratic body which has no purpose and imposes an unnecessary cost on wheat growers in Western Australia.
“And there is no need to legislate any perceived industry good items such as wheat quality because they already are being handled by the industry and by the market.”
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