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Tuesday, 29 November 1983
Page: 3022

Question No. 90

Mr McVeigh asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice, on 4 May 1983:

Will he undertake to institute taxation measures as incentives to promote hardwood plantations and amenity forests; if so, what form will these measures take.

Mr Kerin —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Government's policy for agriculture specifically provides for the use of incentives such as taxation measures to promote hardwood plantations and amenity forests. Implementation of this and other policies relating to the agricultural sector are under study by my Department and proposals will be considered by the Government and progressed as rapidly as possible in the current budgetary climate.

I will also be looking for advice from the Australian Forestry Council to assess priorities and assist in determining the appropriate course of action.