Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Mad cows and angry farmers

The federal government’s decision to allow beef to be imported from countries that have had BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or Mad Cow Disease) has angered beef producers all over the country, some of whom will be venting their frustration when deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard is in Lismore next week.

From March 1 beef will be able to be imported from countries that can demonstrate they have appropriate controls in place to ensure beef products coming into Australia are free of BSE. But the industry is warning that the move could cost thousands of jobs.

A series of local forums have been to discus this and other issues at the Kyogle Bowling Club this Saturday, February 13, at 1pm, the Casino RSM on Thursday, February 18, at 7pm and the Lismore Workers Club on Sunday, February 21, at 2pm.

A group will trying to get Julia Gillard’s attention on the issue outside the Lismore Workers Club. They are meeting outside the club from 5pm next Tuesday, February 16.

Ms Gillard will be speaking as part of a fundraising dinner for Janelle Saffin at the Lismore Workers Club, as well as inspecting the progress of stimulus package spending in local schools.


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