July 14th 2001

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COVER: Singapore's economic lessons for Australia

Canberra Observed: Electoral map shows uphill battle for Coalition

Falling fertility debate reignited

Dissenters highlight dangers in UN report

Cloning: how far will states ban go?

Keep the single selling desk for wheat

The Media

Straws in the Wind

Letter: Export figures disputed

Minister resists competition push

Mass destruction in the future

Manufacturing and the sinew of war

Is corporate cost cutting becoming lethal?

French applaud 35-hour week

Books: Colonial Consorts, by Marguerite Hancock

Books: The China Threat - How the People's Republic Targets America, Bill Gertz

Letter: Barley story wrong

Letter: Trade, US-style

Letter: Riddle solved

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Letter: Trade, US-style

by Robert Bom

News Weekly, July 14, 2001


Despite some earlier hopes, it looks as if President Bush is no better disposed towards Australian agricultural trade than was President Clinton.

In the level playing field stakes, Australia is doing more than its fair share. Our subsidies to the net income of farmers are only six per cent. Compare that to the rest of the major economies, including the US, where the farmers get their net income subsidised on average by 40 per cent.

That is how they can dump some of their produce on to our domestic markets, together with the risk of introducing foreign diseases.

The United States now wants Australia to put its quarantine regulations up for negotiation.

Mr Bush, rather than spending billions of dollars cleaning up exotic diseases such as foot and mouth, banana pests, papaya fly, fire ants and apple/pear fire blight, we need our vigilance in quarantine, with more of it required, not less.

Robert Bom
Rockhampton, Qld

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