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Senator Sandy Macdonald, pursuant to notice, moved--That the Senate--

(a) notes that 24 to 30 March 1994 has now been officially

designated National Wool Week, with National Wool Day being

celebrated on 30 March 1994;

(b) calls upon Senators to present appropriate speeches to this

chamber to celebrate this occasion;

(c) pays tribute to the enormous contribution that the wool industry

has made, and continues to make, to the economy and the

Australian people; and

(d) welcomes and encourages the increasing number of value-adding

industries, both small and large, which are starting up in this

country to process our woollen products.

Debate ensued.

Documents: The Leader of the National Party of Australia in the Senate

(Senator Boswell), by leave, tabled the following documents:

Rural Sector--Debts--Copies of--

Comparison of debt position 1988 and 1994.

Extracts from the Queensland Government submission to the Rural

Adjustment Scheme Advisory Council, November 1993.

Farm debts--Figures taken from Agriculture and Resources Quarterly,

December 1993.

Results of the Queensland Grain Growers Association financial survey

conducted in November 1993.

Statement of accounts.

Declaration of interest: Senator Panizza declared an interest in the

matter under discussion.

Debate continued.

Question put and passed.