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DROUGHT AND CLIMATIC CHANGE

Motion determined as not formal: Senator Margetts requested that General

Business notice of motion no. 1029 standing in her name for this day,

relating to drought and climatic change, be taken as formal.

An objection was raised and the motion was not proceeded with as a

formal motion.

Suspension of standing orders: Senator Margetts, pursuant to contingent

notice, moved--That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would

prevent Senator Margetts moving a motion relating to the conduct of the

business of the Senate, namely a motion to give precedence to General

Business notice of motion no. 1029 standing in her name for this day,

relating to drought and climatic change.

Debate ensued.

Question put and passed.

Senator Margetts moved--That General Business notice of motion no. 1029

standing in her name for this day, relating to drought and climatic

change, may be moved immediately and have precedence over all other

business this day till determined.

Question put and passed.

Senator Margetts moved--That the Senate--

(a) notes the comments of the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) on Radio

4RK, Rockhampton, on 19 July 1994 and on SBS News Extra on 20

July 1994, in the context of drought relief, that drought is not

an intermittentdisaster but is probably a manifestation of

climate change effects and is becoming a permanent feature of

the Australian landscape;

(b) recognises the importance of agricultural exports to our

economy, and the impact of climatic disruption on the security

of that sector;

(c) supports the call for the development of a policy to effectively

assist farmers to adjust to changing climatic conditions; and

(d) calls for:

(i) a major commitment of funding to address the longer

term structural problems of an agriculture sector

facing massive climatic disruption,

(ii) provision of assistance to farmers at least equivalent

to drought relief to ameliorate the personal impact of

climate change on these farmers, as well as assistance

in adjusting to new climatic conditions, and

(iii) a strong policy designed to limit the source of the

pollutants that lead to climate change domestically and

support for a strong international protocol to ensure

the reduction of pollutants that may worsen the

climatic instability.

Debate ensued.

Question put and passed.