Federal Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran says he is confident there will be an end to Australia's extremely dry weather conditions.
The weather bureau's national climate centre says global warming may have caused the dry conditions to become Australia's normal, rather than exceptional, weather pattern.
But Mr McGauran rejects that suggestion.
"I'm an optimist, of course the drought will break," he said.
"How suddenly or how effectively is another thing all together, so no, I don't yet believe that this is a permanent state of affairs.
"But we're preparing for the eventuality that it is indeed."
22 September 2007
Gee, this makes me feel SO much better...
The Liberal Party, restoring your faith in government...