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Thursday, 2 June 1994
Page: 1155


Senator WOODLEY —I give notice that, on the second day of the next week of sittings, I shall move:

  That the following matter be referred to the Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs for inquiry and report:

The wheat and coarse grain industry, with particular reference to:

  (a)the current structure and competitiveness of the wheat and coarse grain industry, including the identification of strengths and weaknesses;

  (b)an examination of the contribution of the industry to the Australian economy, including its contribution to the further development of regional economies;

  (c)the potential for further development of the industry, including the identification of export market opportunities;

  (d)identification of any impediments to growth and exports, and any measures which could be undertaken to remove such impediments or otherwise contribute to the growth or export development of the industry, in ways that are consistent with the principles of efficient resource use within the Australian economy;

  (e)the appropriate form and level of price structure and subsidy for the industry, taking into account the ability of the industry to achieve its domestic and export potential, and the price support and subsidy regimes applied in other countries and Australian industries;

  (f)implementation strategies for any suggested measures; and

  (g)the effect on the industry, consumers and the economy in general of any measures recommended.