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PRESS RELEASE: KING ISLAM). Tuesday 7.11.67

Australia must evolve a complex or programmes to lessen the

effects of drought, the Minister for Primary Industry, the Hon.

J. D. Anthony, M.P. said at Currie today.

He said that this year, Australia’s rural export earnings could

he down by $300 - $400 million because of the drought.

Officially opening the King Island Show, Mr. Anthony said "the .

programme which must be urgently developed included conservation

of water and irrigation projects, financial incentives to farmers

to conserve water and fodder and transport to move stock and fodder - quickly.

Mr. Anthony said: "Our history has been scarred by drought and for too long we have accepted this as a natural hazard without

making any real effort to fight back. The nation’s economy has been broadened so that it can stand the jar of drought but for individual farmers, drought can be disastrous."

Mr. Anthony said that despite the big drop in rural export earnings this year overall export earnings would not be much different from last year. This was due largely to the increase in export of minerals. He said the Federal Government made substantial drought

relief finance available to the States to help farmers but ways must

be found to build drought shock absorbers into the rural industries

which remain the backbone of Australia’s economy.

PRESS RELEASE: KING ISLAM). Tuesday 7.11.67

Australia must evolve a complex or programmes to lessen the

effects of drought, the Minister for Primary Industry, the Hon.

J·. D. Anthony, M.P. said at Currie today.

He said that this year, Australia's rural export earnings could

he down hy $300 - $400 million because of the drought.

Officially opening the King Island Show, Mr. Anthony said the

programme which must be urgently developed included conservation

of water and irrigation projects, financial incentives to farmers

to conserve water and fodder and transport to move stock and fodder quickly.

Mr. Anthony said: "Our history has been scarred by drought and for too long we have accepted this as a natural hazard without making any real effort to fight back. The nation's economy has been

broadened so that it can stand the jar of drought but for individual farmers, drought can be disastrous."

Mr. Anthony said that despite the big drop in rural export earnings this year overall export earnings would not be much different from last year. This was due largely to the increase in export of

minerals. He said the Federal Government made substantial drought relief finance available to the States to help farmers but ways must

be found to build drought shock absorbers into the rural industries

which remain the backbone of Australia's economy.