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Tuesday, 1 November 1983
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Question No. 92

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

(1) Has he carried out the Government's election promise to utilise a range of tax rebates to encourage producers to protect themselves against drought.

(2) If so, what it the nature of the tax rebates.

(3) If not, (a) why not and (b) what is the nature of the tax rebates that he has in mind.

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

(1), (2) and (3) 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 (NDCC) to comprise members of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and a representative of the National Farmers Federation .

Steps are being taken to establish the Committee which will, as part of its function, investigate alternative means of encouraging primary producers to protect themselves against drought. The Government will review its drought assistance measures, including the use of tax rebates, after the NDCC has had an opportunity to complete its examination of the issue.