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Wednesday, 19 October 1983
Page: 1895

Mr BRAITHWAITE —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That this House-

(1) notes with alarm the

(a) overall decrease in commercial cane sugar content in the harvest of the current Australian sugar cane crop as a result of the prolonged drought of 1982;

(b) low international market price of sugar;

(c) revaluation of the Australian dollar, and

(d) dishonouring of the Government's promise to immediately renegotiate a domestic sugar price, all of which will mean a decrease in real terms, in the final returns for growers and millers in 1983 as compared to the 1982 year's crop;

(2) condemns the Government for its lack of sympathy in not giving assistance to the sugar industry in the form of an underwriting scheme, and

(3) resolves that, in view of all the problems facing the industry at this time urgent consultation be had between the Commonwealth Government, the Queensland State Government and sugar industry associations, to establish mechanisms and policies to maintain the viability of this great important Australian industry.