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RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS--STANDING COMMITTEE--REFERENCE

The Leader of the National Party of Australia in the Senate (Senator

Boswell), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal

motion, moved--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.

Question put and passed.