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Wednesday, 19 May 1993
Page: 797

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

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that:

    (i)on 18 May 1993 the Minister for Science and Small Business (Senator Schacht) stated in the Senate that small business is Australia's fastest growing area of industry and that many small businesses are among our most dynamic exporters,

    (ii)a large proportion of Australia's small businesses are farming enterprises and rural businesses, and

    (iii)figures published by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics show that farmers' terms of trade deteriorated by 1.6 per cent in the twelve months to March 1993; and

  (b)urges the Government to acknowledge that:

    (i)despite its repeated assurances that the rural sector was beginning to recover, there is no recovery, and

    (ii)it must take further steps to ensure the continuing viability of a major contributor to Australia's export earnings.