THE NSW OPPOSITION and the ABC public broadcaster report that Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair has refused to answer whether he had personally met and discussed the development of new poultry guidelines with the current Chairman of the NSW National Party and prominent egg producer, Bede Burke.
Allegations have surfaced of clandestine meetings for selected stakeholders. The ABC has reported that the Department of Primary Industries was stage managing the drafting of new welfare standards in a process that lacked transparency, governance and independence. [Ed note: Echos here of the special treatment for National Party friends in the Murray Darling water diversion scandal in 2017.]
Following a series of questions on the review process Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Mick Veitch asked the Minister a question over whether he had any discussions with the Chairman of the NSW National Party and political donor, Bede Burke, on the matter. The Minister refused to answer.
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