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Tuesday, 30 August 1994
Page: 573


Senator MARGETTS —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes the comments of the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) on Radio 4RK, Rockhampton, on 19 July 1994 and on SBS News Extra on 20 July 1994, in the context of drought relief, that drought is not an intermittent disaster but is probably a manifestation of climate change effects and is becoming a permanent feature of the Australian landscape;

  (b)recognises the importance of agricultural exports to our economy, and the impact of climatic disruption on the security of that sector;

  (c)supports the call for the development of a policy to effectively assist farmers to adjust to changing climatic conditions; and

  (d)calls for:

    (i)a major commitment of funding to address the longer term structural problems of an agriculture sector facing massive climatic disruption,

    (ii)provision of assistance to farmers at least equivalent to drought relief to ameliorate the personal impact of climatic change on these farmers, as well as assistance in adjusting to new climatic conditions, and

    (iii)a strong policy designed to limit the source of the pollutants that lead to climatic change domestically and support for a strong international protocol to ensure the reduction of pollutants that may worsen the climatic instability.

  Notice amended by Mr President pursuant to Standing Order 76.


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —For the benefit of those present in the chamber I should observe that standing order 76(7) is quite specific. It says:

. . . and shall not contain statements, quotations or other matter not strictly necessary to make the proposed resolution or order intelligible.

I suggest, Senator Margetts, that under the terms of the standing orders those lengthy quotations from the Prime Minister were not necessary. However, having said that, I chose not to interrupt you.