Tuesday, October 18, 2005
One wonders why so many rural industry bodies, like the Beef Council consistently act against the interests of their members and Australia. If it were not for the vigilence of Professor Weiss, government and these industry bodies would lower our quarantine and trade standards without a murmur.from M Menzel
OK, so it will be good for us as a COMMUNITY and will generate good BEHAVOIUR - convince us then that its not quick fix or a coercion nightmare
see 30 DAYS told the story -showing on Channel 10 (AUST) thurs at 10 .
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Seeing someone else follow the same method to lower playing fields may justshake the feds love of competetion policy. Lower fields in parts of the world where they care even less about standards of review .I mean trish caswell has seen that it makes not big picture economic and ecological sense to allow other countries to exploit their resources in the same drive down the stupid road of mindless growth.
THIS WEEK "With ALL major political parties supporting these policies, will it take a national health crisis before this treachery and treason is abandoned?
Regards, Margaret Menzel, Ayr Qld
By Robin Pash
CANBERRA, Sept 30 AAP - Weakening Australia's mad cow disease regulations would be an act of economic insanity that would compromise biosecurity, a leading trade analyst says.
Professor Linda Weiss, an expert in international economic relations at the University of Sydney, said a change in policy would soften one of the world's toughest regimes on the brain wasting cattle disease.
"It is an act of insanity on an economic level," Professor Weiss said.
"People will stop eating beef and it's going to be bad for the industry."
One of the authors of a scathing book on Australia's free trade agreement (FTA) with the US, Professor Weiss also believes the plan to water down the mad cow policy is being pushed because of a little-known element of the trade deal.
That section, she says, effectively commits Australia to following world trade guidelines which have already softened mad cow disease rules.
But the federal government has dismissed the suggestion, saying the United States trade deal has had no influence on its ongoing deliberations on the matter.
"Our consideration of a change in policy is motivated by the inadequacies of the domestic situation (relating to mad cow disease)," Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran said.