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Tuesday, 1 November 1983
Page: 2161

Question No. 87

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

Did he undertake to use taxation measures to promote agricultural resource conservation; if so, how will this be done.

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

As part of the Government's consideration of the overall problem of land degradation, I have asked the Bureau of Agricultural Economics (BAE) to undertake a general review of the effectiveness of taxation concessions versus rebates to individual landholders for soil conservation work. The BAE is also preparing a paper which will expand the existing data base and examine the broader aspects of soil conservation from an economic viewpoint.

The Government will give consideration to the use of taxation measures to promote agricultural resource conservation in the context of finalising the details of its national soil conservation program which was announced in the 1983-84 Budget. The program is currently being developed in co-operation with the States and details will be finalised when I complete discussions with the States on the administration of the Program.