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Tuesday, 4 May 1993
Page: 29


Senator PANIZZA —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

    (a)recognises that:

      (i)the wool industry is in the worst situation since the inception of wool production in Australia, and

      (ii)many individual growers, especially those in pastoral or drought-stricken areas unable to grow cash crops, are in an extreme financial situation;

    (b)notes that the industry's problems are devastating rural communities and service towns;

    (c)notes the contribution made by the wool industry over the past hundred years;

    (d)confirms its belief that there is a long-term future for the industry;

    (e)calls on all political parties to work jointly towards a long-term solution by actively seeking to increase demand on a continuing and long-term basis in new as well as traditional markets; and

    (f)while recognising that some small measure of relief is being provided by the Government, calls on the Government to address the suffering endured by various individual growers.