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Wednesday, 19 May 1993
Page: 796

Senator BROWNHILL (Deputy Leader of the National Party of Australia) —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes with grave concern that:

    (i)farm costs for the March 1993 quarter have again increased, this time by 0.5 per cent, which is the largest increase in two years,

    (ii)in the past decade, Government revenue from primary industry charges has increased by 340 per cent and primary industry levies have risen by 72 per cent in the same period, and

    (iii)despite these rising costs, prices received by farmers have fallen or remained stagnant;

  (b)calls on the Government to remove the imposts which burden our farmers, including fuel tax, transport costs, payroll tax and sales taxes; and

  (c)condemns the Labor Government for continually neglecting this problem which is the fundamental reason why Australia lags behind in international competitiveness.