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Nationals call special meeting to review rural and regional crisis



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T im Fischer m p Federal Member for Farrer

Leader of the National Party of Australia

Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources

NATIONALS CALL SPECIAL MEETING TO REVIEW RURAL AND REGIONAL CRISIS

Federal Leader of the National Party, Tim Fischer has called a meeting of the National Party for tomorrow, in Canberra, to review the rural and regional economic crisis.

Mr Fischer has called Members back early to Canberra, ahead of the resumption of Parliament, to meet with the National Farmers' Federation and other key groupings to review priorities relating to the sharp deterioration in the economy beyond the capital cities over the Christmas period.

"CPI figures on inflation do not take direct account of the situation beyond the capital cities", Mr Fischer said.

"Whilst some areas are experiencing improved seasonal conditions after patchy summer rains, the rural and regional economy is extremely fragile".

"We need fundamental framework policy reforms to boost the economy along the path to sustainable recovery and job creation".

"Unless Paul Keating bites the bullet and abolishes all diesel, petrol and Avgas fuel excise taxes, the economic statement will give little help to the bush and to provincial Australia generally".

"Cash flow for many small business operators and farmers have evaporated over this horrific recession but Paul Keating and Canberra still do not realise the extent of rural plight".

Mr Fischer added he will also be reporting on his recent visit to Asia including Cambodia, Korea and Japan.

TASMANIA

Mr Fischer congratulated Ray Groom and Dr John Hewson on the defeat of Labor in Tasmania and the outright win of the Liberal Party.

"It is too convenient and too cute to say that outgoing Premier Field's economic reforms led to Labor's defeat, dearly many factors were involved," Mr Fischer added, pointing out that in the great depression, almost every State and Federal incumbent Government, regardless of Party, was dedmated.

Ends Sunday 2 February 1992

For further information, please contact Mr Fischer on (06) 253 2318 COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MICAH