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Government Intentions

Greetings Readers

The passage of the Employment Relations Act seems inevitable. At a time when rural incomes are climbing back to modest levels the threat this bill poses to the processing and delivery of next seasons exports is very real.

It has the inverse potentials of the 1950's Waterfront Strike, for in this instance, union expectations are aided and abetted by the actions and sympathy of the current government.

If there is not a direct challenge to the continued processing and distribution of farm production the secondary effect will be an inflationary increase in costs to services required by farming.

It is remarkable how quickly the optimism for a better farming season evaporates as others reposition to gain their "share" of improved farming fortunes.

Caution should be the watchword for all farmers in this next period.

Good farming

The Editor


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