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Tuesday, 1 November 1983
Page: 2148

Question No. 55

Mr McVeigh asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice, on 4 May 1983:

(1) Has he yet established the special drought section within his Department.

(2) If so, (a) what is the make-up of the section, (b) how many officers are attached to it and (c) how does the work being performed differ from that under the previous arrangements.

(3) If the section has not been established, when will it be established and what will officers in this section do in times when there is no drought.

Mr Kerin —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The honourable member has sought information on the implementation of Labor's election promises.

The matter he has identified involves development and consultation within the Government and with other agencies and with relevant industries.

I can assure him that the matter raised is being or will be considered in an orderly fashion and that a decision will be announced at the appropriate time.