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Tuesday, 8 March 1966

Mr HAROLD HOLT - The Government has, of course, been giving a good deal of attention to the serious situation that is arising from the extensive incidence of drought, particularly through New South Wales and parts of Queensland. We have had a deepening concern at the way in which the drought situation has become protracted in certain areas. Already, as the House will know, we have agreed with the Governments of those two States that we will back financially measures that they have taken to give some drought relief. Later this evening, in the course of the statement I shall be making with the concurrence of the House, I shall outlinefurther action that the Government has in view. If, following all this action and as a consequence of the incidence of drought, a situation develops that would call for a meeting of the Commonwealth and State Governments, that possibility will be held - in mind. But for the time being the measures which the Government has. already adopted and which it now proposes will, we think, go a long way towards meeting the problems that arise from the situation.

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