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ACC concession no victory for farmers

Gavan Herlihy

Opposition Agriculture Spokesperson

23 February 2000

ACC concession no victory for farmers

Opposition Agriculture Spokesperson Gavan Herlihy today described the Government's concession to self employed farmers in its ACC plans as a "Clayton's concession."

Speaking in the House today, Mr Herlihy said that any elation by farmers or Federated Farmers is both premature and misguided.

"It seems the concession will allow farmers only one option for income protection. They will no longer have the choice that they enjoy under the current competitive insurance market.

"Yesterday's announcement recovers none of the savings outlined in the Federation's submission to the select committee, such as the $20 million saved by meat processing companies and the $16 million saved by farmers on accident cover for their employees.

"Farmers have been "sold a pup" by the new Government and the Greens have been duped into believing they have delivered what farmers want.

"I call on the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs to explain to farmers, and those dependent on farming, how the ACC changes will be good for them. I expect a deathly silence as Mr Sutton cannot defend the indefensible," Mr Herlihy said.

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Inquiries: Gavan Herlihy (04)471 9245 or 025 764 011

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