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Notice given 18 October 2006

Senators Siewert and Milne: To move—That the following matters be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee for inquiry and report by 30 June 2007:

(a) the long-term impacts on Australian primary producers, rural communities and the environment of reduced and increasingly variable rainfall, increased temperatures and higher evaporation rates as a result of climate change; and

(b) potential adaptation strategies to mitigate these impacts to ensure the security of Australian food production and maintain the viability of rural communities.