May 6th 2000

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RURAL: Wheat industry needs market support sche

EDITORIAL: Regulating the casino economy

CANBERRA OBSERVED: PM moves to "reinvent" the Coalition

LABOR RELATIONS: Privatised workers win in Federal Court

WELFARE REVIEW: Less welfare, fewer recipients?

TRANSPORT: How Government policy is sinking Australia's shipping industry

INDUSTRY POLICY: Ten point plan for industry recovery

Batlow: another country town faces extinction

LIFE ISSUES: Anzac, Easter, and Baby J



GLOBALISATION: How technology and deregulation put society at risk

HEALTH:What's happened to blood supply safety?

FAMILY: Are we producing a generation of hyperactive zombies?

CUBA: Should Elian Gonzalez be returned to Cuba?

AFRICA: Zimbabwe violence discredits Mugabe

VIDEO: Thriller romp through mythical age

BOOKS: Alistair Cooke: the biography, by Nick Clarke

Books: The re-education of old Donald: 'Into the Open: Memoirs 1958-1999', by Donald Horne

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Batlow: another country town faces extinction

by News Weekly

News Weekly, May 6, 2000
The NSW country town of Batlow is facing extinction, with the closure of the local food cannery and food packaging plant, due to cheap imported pears.

Batlow is a well-known orchard district about 100 km west of Canberra, in the Great Dividing Range in southern New South Wales, and the original source of Batlow pears.

Its main industries today are the Batlow Cannery, which produces the well-known Mountain Maid brand of canned fruits and juices, and the nearby Tumut Pulp Mill.

The canning industry has been devastated by cheap imports from overseas, and jobs have been lost in the timber industry, due to restrictions on logging due to pressure from greenies.

The shutdown of the cannery may force the closure of shops and businesses in the town, and ultimately, the closure of orchards which supplied it.

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