Calls for rally support

19 Apr, 2006 08:45 PM
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AWBI chairman Ian Donges and Grains Council of Australia president Murray Jones will address growers at the April 27 single desk rally to be held in Cunderdin.

"The importance of the single desk to farmers and Australia has not been lost on Mr Donges, who has hastily reconvened an AWB board meeting so he can attend the rally," WAFarmers president Trevor De Landgrafft said.

According to organisers, the Cunderdin rally will send a definitive message to Canberra that WA growers support the single desk.

WAFarmers encourages all members of the rural community to show their support and attend the morning.

"The eastern states claim confusion over where WA farmers sit on the single desk due to deregulation rhetoric peddled by a rabid few and this is our turn to clear any ambiguity and set the record straight," Mr De Landgrafft said.

Mr Donges will update rally attendees on current wheat exports and the path forward trading on the strength of the single desk and Mr Jones will emphasise the Grains Council of Australia's strong position on retaining the single desk.

Other speakers include WAFarmers grains president Ray Marshall.

Mr De Landgrafft will chair the meeting.

O'Connor MHR Wilson Tuckey had received invitations to attend the rally.

"I trust he will take this opportunity to see yet again that farmers not only have the 'guts' to stand up and have their say - showing that the retention of the single desk is not about philosophical platitudes - but keeping a fair price for Australian grain and a solid presence in the world market," Mr De Landgrafft said.

"Attendees making the trip will find welcome respite at Cunderdin Agricultural College with refreshments provided by local P and C groups as well as a hot food for lunch before getting back on the road.

"We are well aware that the rally is right on the doorstep of the break in the season, yet the importance of marketing future harvests are just as crucial as getting this one planted, so make the trip to ensure your voice is heard.

"With Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile making the trip it is a golden opportunity to have our voices heard back in Federal Parliament."

p The WAFarmers Single Desk Rally will be held at 10am on Thursday, April 27, at Cunderdin Agricultural College.

For further details contact Julian Breheny on 9486 2100.

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