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Monday, 29 August 1994
Page: 488


Senator COULTER —I give notice that, on Wednesday, 21 September, I shall move:

  That the following matter be referred to the Standing Committee on Environment, Recreation and the Arts for inquiry and report:

The intention of the Federal Government, in October 1994, following the final negotiating session in Paris, to sign the International Convention on Desertification, with particular reference to:

  (a)the extent of desertification in Australia's rangelands, its causes and environmental, social and economic impacts;

(b)actions required to halt and reverse desertification in Australia;

(c)the means of monitoring the progress of programs directed at reversing desertification in Australia;

(d)the capacity of the desertification convention to contribute to Australia's efforts to halt and reverse desertification, both in Australia and overseas; and

(e)the impact of the desertification convention on the sustainability of rural, pastoral and mining communities in relation to land management.