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Thursday, 24 March 1994
Page: 2140

  Motion (by Senator Boswell) agreed to:

  That the following matters be referred to the Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs for inquiry and report on or before the first sitting day in October 1994:

(a)the adequacy of the Rural Adjustment Scheme, including its current guidelines and operations, in meeting the present and future needs of primary producers suffering from prolonged adverse circumstances beyond their control;

(b)the extent of rural debt, the nature and serviceability of that debt and its social, economic and ecological consequences; and

(c)what mechanisms should be recommended for the management of rural reconstruction and the contributing roles of government, the financial sector and industry.