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Recent Developments in Commonwealth Drought Policy


  • Simmons, Phil


Some key elements in drought relief policy are outlined and the major themes in associated lobbying are discussed. Recent policy changes announced in 1992 are described in detail against the background of the Report of the Drought Policy Review Task Force (1990). Indifference curve analysis is used to compare recent developments with the preceding policies and the targeting problems associated with both policy regimes are discussed. It is found that the new drought relief policy is unsatisfactory in a number of ways. Discussion of the welfare implications of recent changes in drought policy is then provided and conclusions are finally drawn.

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  • Simmons, Phil, 1993. "Recent Developments in Commonwealth Drought Policy," Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 61(03), December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:remaae:9625

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    1. Freebairn, John W., 1978. "Pros And Cons Of Temporary Industry Assistance," Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 22(02-03).
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    1. Pannell, D. J., 1999. "On the estimation of on-farm benefits of agricultural research," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 61(2), pages 123-134, August.
    2. Thompson, David & Powell, Roy, 1998. "Exceptional circumstances provisions in Australia--is there too much emphasis on drought?," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 57(3), pages 469-488, July.
    3. Pannell, David J. & Malcolm, Bill & Kingwell, Ross S., 1995. "Are We Risking Too Much? Perspectives on Risk in Farm Modelling and Farm Management," 1995 Conference (39th), February 14-16, 1995, Perth, Australia 171063, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.


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