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By Stewart Smith


Drought in Australia is a natural occurrence, and there are a wide range of perceptions in the community about the nature and significance of drought. However, severe drought can have a debilitating effect on rural and regional communities and represent a major cost to the wider community. This paper discusses: the causes of drought; policy responses to drought; the drought currently affecting New South Wales; and reviews the responses of the Commonwealth and State Governments to the present drought

Topics: Droughts
Publisher: NSW Parliamentary Research Service
Year: 2002
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