WAFarmers hold firm on wheat deregulation
WAFarmers hold firm on wheat deregulation

The WA Farmers Federation has reiterated its support for the proposed winding up of the wheat industry's regulatory body after a similar organisation asked it to reconsider.

WAFarmers said another State farmer group had recently asked it to rethink its support for the Federal Government's planned Wheat Export Marketing Amendment Bill 2012, but it stood firm.

Labor has a bill before the lower house to wind up Wheat Exports Australia and fully deregulate the market, but the Opposition wants the move postponed.

The Bbill has caused a coalition split, with WA coalition MPs Tony Crook and Alby Schulz both signalling their intentions to side with the Government in the belief that full deregulation will have the greatest benefit for local farmers, who enjoy the country's biggest share of wheat exports.

"We do not see value for growers in WEA and, hence, agree with the proposed wind up," WAFarmers grain section president Kim Simpson said today.

"This will save growers not only the cost of the levy, but also fees associated with accreditation and port access."

The statement follows reports that the 2500 members of WA's Pastoralists and Graziers Association have offered to pay a levy to fly WA Liberal MP Barry Haase home from the United States, where he is on a three-month placement with the United Nations, to help support the deregulation push.

The PGA was not immediately available for comment.

The West Australian

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