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Tuesday, 4 May 1993
Page: 30


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

  That the Senate notes that—

  (a)large areas of Australia are in the grip of a major drought, in some cases for the second year, of such a magnitude that it may become one of the major droughts of this century;

  (b)the consequences of this drought for rural Australians, coming as it does in many cases after years of depressed commodity prices, are profound; and

  (c)the Government is totally unaware of the magnitude of this natural disaster and is doing nothing effectively to ameliorate or lessen the tragic consequences of this disaster for rural Australia.