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Tuesday, 1 November 1983
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Question No. 83

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

(1) Has he established the National Drought Consultative Committee as promised during the 1983 election campaign.

(2) If so, who makes up the Committee.

(3) If it has not yet been established, what progress has been made towards its establishment and when is it expected to be operational.

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

(1) and (2) At its last meeting in Port Moresby on 1 August 1983 the Australian Agricultural Council agreed to the establishment of a National Drought Consultative Committee to comprise representatives of each of the members of Standing Committee on Agriculture (SCA) and a representative of the National Farmers Federation.

(3) Steps are currently being taken to finalise the membership of the Committee and to make arrangements for its inaugural meeting.