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<p class=MsoNormal style='text-autospace:none'><b><font size=3 face=Arial><span
style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold'>&gt;&gt; Latest <font
color=red><span style='color:red'>drought research </span></font>news from </span></font></b><b><font
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<p class=MsoNormal><b><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold'><a
href="http://wwwdb.csu.edu.au/division/marketing/ne/newsm650.htm">Drought hits
family, community and business</a> - </span></font></b><b><font
 size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;font-weight:
 bold'>Tuesday 27 January&nbsp;2004</span></font></b><b><font size=2
face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold'> </span></font></b></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>A grim picture of stress, isolation, declining health and
job losses in farm families, small businesses and rural communities has emerged
in new research into one of </span></font><font size=2 face=Arial><span
  style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Australia</span></font><font
size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>&#8217;s
worst droughts.&nbsp;</span></font></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>Researchers from the Centre for Rural Social Research at
Charles Sturt University (CSU) in NSW, Professor Margaret Alston and Jenny
Kent, studied the social impacts of the 2002-2003 drought on the front-line
communities in three rural areas of the state.&nbsp;</span></font></p>

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style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>&gt;See more <a
href="http://www.csu.edu.au/news/">CSU News</a></span></font></p>

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font-family:Arial'>____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________</span></font></p>

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font-family:Arial'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><strong><b><font size=3 face=Arial><span style='font-size:
12.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Fiona Halloran</span></font></b></strong></p>

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font-family:Arial'>Media Officer</span></font></p>

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  font-family:Arial'>Charles</span></font><font size=2 face=Arial><span
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<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
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