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Coalition delivers a win for small horticultural exporters

A Coalition Government will provide $15 million in the form of rebates for export certification registration costs.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston, who is based in the Riverland, said the policy was a big win for small horticultural exporters in the region.

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River funding another Labor election re-announcement

Funding announced today for the River Murray Improvements Program is another election re-announcement that demonstrates Labor’s contempt for South Australian river communities.

Senator for South Australia Simon Birmingham, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Murray-Darling Basin, said South Australian river communities were tired of being treated as political playthings by Labor.

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Labor gives mothers a super slap

Women will bear the brunt of Labor’s $538 million superannuation raid on supposedly inactive accounts according to Anne Ruston, Senator for South Australia.

“Labor’s latest hit on superannuation means new mothers, who often take a few years off work to look after their children, will have to deal with another layer of bureaucracy to ensure their super stays where they left it,” Senator Ruston said.

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SA exporters missing out on fruit fly free benefits

The Australian Government’s approach to opening new markets for food exports requires a major overhaul following revelations South Australia’s fruit fly area freedom status is not recognised by China.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said South Australian orange exporters were required to cold-treat produce bound for China at a significant cost.

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Senator relocates office to regional South Australia

The office of Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston has been relocated to the Riverland town of Renmark.

Senator Ruston is the only Senator with an office in regional South Australia.

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Australian horticulture at risk while Labor dawdles on fruit fly

Australian horticulture industries are at risk of devastation by fruit fly thanks to the Federal Government delaying implementation of the crucial National Fruit Fly Strategy.

Liberal Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said ongoing delays in implementing the strategy were unforgiveable given the fruit fly situation in south-eastern Australia.

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Senate establishes citrus inquiry

A Senate committee inquiry into the Australian citrus industry provides a great opportunity for growers according to Anne Ruston, Senator for South Australia.

The inquiry will look at the structure of the industry as well as issues surrounding export opportunities, supply chain efficiencies and competition.

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AQIS motion highlights unfair system

The motion highlighting unfair Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services (AQIS) charges will put pressure on the Government to fix its flawed scheme, according to Senator for South Australia, Anne Ruston.

Senator Ruston’s motion – moved in the Senate today - highlights more than 17 fold increase in the export certification charges from $500 to $8350 as well as how the new licensing regime discriminates against small and medium sized exporters.

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Ruston to move AQIS motion

The motion highlighting unfair Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services (AQIS) charges will be moved in the Senate Chamber tomorrow according to Senator for South Australia, Anne Ruston.

Senator Ruston’s motion – cosponsored by Senator Nick Xenophon - will highlight the more than 17 fold increase in the export certification charges from $500 to $8350 as well as how the new licensing regime discriminates against small and medium sized exporters.

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Should ABC fill regional SA television news void?

South Australian Liberal Senator Anne Ruston will move to broaden a Senate inquiry into the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to examine the ABC’s obligations to provide local television news services in regional Australia.

Senator Ruston said the sudden closure of WIN Television SA’s news service this week left a void that could be filled by the ABC.

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