The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 17:34 :15 ): I have been aware of the activities of the Australian Pig Breeders Association Ltd for many years. Probably one of the reasons that I have had that knowledge has been the fact that that organisation has had an excellent newsletter published several times every year that has been distributed around Australia, not only within that industry but to people like me who are interested in rural activities in general but certainly industries such as the pig industry.

The reason, I think, that I was as well-informed as I would like to say I was is that that newsletter was edited for some 27 years by Mrs Joy Lienert of Shea-oak Log. Not only was she the editor, she was the printer and distributor. It has been a marvellous source of information, I think, for many people about the stud pig breeding sector in this country. In recent months, Mrs Lienert has retired from that voluntary position, and her successor is Mr Neville Chad from New South Wales. In his first edition as the editor, he said:

This publication has been expertly produced by Joy Lienert for nearly 30 years, it will be a very hard act to follow. I feel sure I speak on behalf of everyone in the pork industry in wishing Joy all the best in a retirement that she thoroughly deserve s , but I feel sure she will continue to be heavily involved in the production of those wonderful Lynjoleen Berkshires for a long time yet. Good luck Joy.

Those comments obviously replicate the gratitude for the efforts of Mrs Lienert in the production of that valuable newsletter. I also mention the fact that her husband, Colin, has, throughout that period, helped her very much with information and the production of the newsletter.

I should mention that special awards were presented to Colin and Joy Lienert at the recent Royal Adelaide Show for their sterling effort of winning the Most Successful Exhibitor award in the Berkshire section for the 50th consecutive year. I add my congratulations on that marvellous record. Also at the Adelaide Show this year, the RA&HS made Mr Colin Lienert OAM a 'Legend of the Royal Adelaide Show Society' to honour his loyal and dedicated service for many years as a member of the Show council, an exhibitor, as I have said, for over 50 years and having served 18 years as the superintendent of the pig shed, as described, in a record that will not be beaten for a very long time.

The Lienerts and many other members of the broader Lienert family have been great supporters of the pork industry across this country. It is sad, but also something that I must say: the Lienerts' late daughter, Robyn Muster, who died earlier this year, was also a wonderful supporter of the pig industry and the agricultural sector. In particular, she was the first woman to serve on the council of the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia. Like her parents, she took a great interest in the wider community and the broader agricultural sector and, I must say, they have been great members of the Freeling branch of the Liberal Party as well.

In closing, I indicate my great support for the Australian Pig Breeders' Association Ltd. They are an umbrella body for the stud pig breeders in Australia and, without the stud pig breeders, we do not have the important industry that the pork sector is within Australia.

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