Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Standing Committee Must Work within Rules

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Standing Committee Must Work within Rules

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IN REPLY to Geoff Bateman's lengthy epistle in The Northern Star on July 22, I would like to point out to Geoff that a Parliamentary Standing Committee must work within its terms of reference.

Bernie Rippoll MP, as the chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Corporations and Financial Services, is heading a three-month inquiry focused on the structure, marketing, and taxation treatment of agribusiness managed investment schemes.

Attendees at the Kyogle meeting initiated by Janelle Saffin MP, were provided with the terms of reference at the time of their invitation to attend, and also on the day.

It is important to note that the standing committee is federal and thus is not able to directly deal with issues of state responsibility such as land clearing, fire management, and road infrastructure.

Socioeconomic impacts are naturally of concern to governments at both levels, and Janelle Saffin MP being well aware of community concern surrounding plantation development, provided an opportunity for locals to make their concerns known in another sphere.

However, it is a privilege to be invited to contribute to such an inquiry.

But that privilege also carries with it a responsibility to work within the term of reference; otherwise everyone's time is wasted.

Terry Moody, as a landowner, beef cattle producer and long- term advocate of community development in the Upper Clarence, was right on target with his contributions, and while he supported, and indeed added to, the other participants' views on the adverse community outcomes, he focused on presenting a submission that was within the terms of reference of the Parliamentary Standing Committee.

Caged animals

IN RESPONSE to J Hutchinson regarding caged dogs, I too have a problem with caged animals.

We had a flock of 30 chickens until a pit bull terrier nudged its way into our pen killing 14 chickens.

We have lost more than 30 laying hens over the past 10 years to irresponsible dog owners.

It's that bad now that there is no way we can free-range any more.

Sounds like you've got a lot of time on your hands so why don't you volunteer as a ranger and do something about all the mangy dogs roaming the streets satisfying there natural urges by barking, fighting and crapping from one end of Lismore to the other. …

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