Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has called for an urgent inquiry into embattled fruit processor SPC Ardmona.JARROD WHITTAKER February 6, 2014 6:09am
Independent Senator Nick Xenophon says farming and agriculture are ‘‘at the crossroads’’ and is calling for an urgent Senate inquiry into SPC Ardmona.
Senator Xenophon said an inquiry was needed into the company, including impacts on jobs and farmers’ viability.
The inquiry would also examine the impacts of food labelling laws, dumped imported products and industrial relations.
He said an inquiry would ‘‘take away the politics and get to the facts’’.
‘‘The Federal Liberal Member for Murray, Dr Sharman Stone is clearly not buying the Cabinet line that industrial relations was a significant factor in the government’s lack of support for SPC Ardmona,’’ Senator Xenophon said.
‘‘It’s important to establish why Australian businesses like SPC are struggling and how the government can effectively safeguard jobs.’’
Last week ahead of the federal Cabinet’s decision not to provide $25
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Mary and Molly Byrne are urging others to support National Bandanna Day today.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
The annual Deniliquin Garage and Town Sale event is being held tomorrow, and more than 16 homes are registered for the bargain day.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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