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Tuesday, 30 August 1994
Page: 575


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

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that the suffering and hardship of people in severely drought affected areas has been exacerbated by policy decisions made by Labor governments during the 1980s, particularly as a result of:

    (i)abolishing the initial Income Equalisation Deposits scheme, which ran from 1976 to 1984, and replacing it with a series of schemes which are disincentive to farmers and pastoralists becoming self-reliant,

    (ii)the massive increase in fuel excise from 7 cents in 1983 to 32 cents today, and

    (iii)the multitude of increases in sales taxes; and

  (b)calls on the Government:

    (i)due to the length and severity of the current drought, to immediately introduce a fodder subsidy scheme, and

    (ii)to suspend the assets test on the various educational and social benefits and apply only the ordinary income test while the drought continues.