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Australia: Potato growers spit chips at ‘Galati fight’ payout

Image result for Potato growers spit chips at 'Galati fight' payoutWestern Australia’s potato growers could share in almost $700,000, including a refund of money raised for the since-abandoned legal fight against Tony Galati who grew too many potatoes under the now defunct Potato Marketing Corporation. Primary Industries Minister Alannah MacTiernan said letters had been sent to 74 potato growers outlining their share of $684,316. The figure comprises a legal costs’ trust fund worth $484,316, plus $200,000 paid in court costs by Galati Nominees after Mr Galati pleaded guilty to contempt of court. Potato Growers Association chief executive Simon Moltoni said legal advice was being sought given growers were required to sign an eight-page deed agreeing to close any further legal action over the matter. Mr Galati was being pursued for damages after allegedly causing a hefty financial loss to other growers by exceeding his allocated PMC quota in 2015 and last year. Full report and videos

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