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Tuesday, 30 August 1994
Page: 575


Senator BROWNHILL (Deputy Leader of the National Party of Australia) —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that:

    (i)most of the eastern states of Australia are currently in chronic and desperate drought and that NSW is now 80 per cent drought declared, and

    (ii)much of the government assistance on offer will only be of benefit if farmers survive this current crisis, which for growing numbers is becoming increasingly unlikely; and

  (b)renews its call for the Federal Government to provide immediate and appropriate aid in the form of debt alleviation, fodder subsidies and other immediate assistance which will enable farmers to remain on their properties and keep their stocks and herds alive and survive this financial crisis, exacerbated by a drought, but which had its genesis in this past decade of inappropriate government economic policies which have created historically high interest rates and soaring inflation and policies which took away farmers' ability to insure for their own future and made them so vulnerable.