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Monday, 30 May 1994
Page: 842


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)there is an increasing likelihood of drought across much of NSW, with more than one-third of the State drought-declared, putting at risk the $1 billion winter wheat crop,

    (ii)the 1994-95 Budget estimates of a 2.75 per cent rise in farm product for the 1993-94 financial year and a 1.25 per cent fall for the 1994-95 financial year does not take into consideration the possibility of drought, and

    (iii)this obviously also puts into question the Government's ambitious projection of a 4.5 per cent growth in gross domestic product; and

  (b)calls on the Government to realise the significance of the rural sector and the implications for all Australians of a rural commodity slump and provide policies that will ensure a viable rural sector.