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Gillard Government Supports Amendments to Wheat Export Bill

02 November 2012

AUSTRALIA - The Gillard Government’s Wheat Export Marketing Amendment Bill 2012 has this week passed the Lower House 70 to 67.

The Bill was supported by Labor, Greens and Independent Members of Parliament as well as Western Australian Nationals MPs Tony Crook.

Two Coalition MPs, Dr Dennis Jensen and Mal Washer, defied Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop and refused to tow the party line by abstaining from the vote.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, said passage of the Bill through the House of Representatives demonstrated good policy had overcome bad politics.

The move to full deregulation of Australia’s wheat market has been a long time coming and support of this Bill in the Lower House is a significant step towards achieving it,” Minister Ludwig said.

“I welcome the support of key independents, the Greens, and those Coalition MPs who chose to do the right thing by the wheat industry.”

Opposition amendments to delay the Bill were defeated in an earlier vote 66 to 70.

“Liberal members voted in support of deregulation in 2008 and until recently, the Liberals had a single policy on wheat,” Minister Ludwig said.

“Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop abandoned industry and abandoned Liberal Party tradition to vote against free market ideals.”

The Bill will now move to the Senate where it will be considered before the end of year.

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