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Wednesday, 7 July 1920


Mr RODGERS (WANNON, VICTORIA) - May I ask the Prime Minister if, as announced in today's papers, a definite basis for the conduct of the sale inside Australia of the coming wool clip has been arranged ? If so, does it cover the transition period between the 30th June and the opening of the new sale, affecting, in particular, any wool that may be gathered from the fellmongering or scouring of the skins of sheep slaughtered in Australia? Yesterday, fat sheep dropped 3s. in the market because the fellmongers had withdrawn from the purchase of skins. That is due to the auction sales of skins in both Melbourne and Sydney having been cancelled.


Mr HUGHES - The honorable member's question divides itself naturally under several heads The first is as to whether arrangements have been made for the sale of the new clip. It is true, as stated in the press that as the result of a Conference held on Friday last between the representatives of the Woolgrowers and the Wool Brokers Association, I was authorized to make the announcement to the British Government and to the public that sales of the new clip would begin about the 1st October next. I am unable to answer offhand the other portion of the honorable member's question. In part, it involves the point of what is and what is not included in the 1920-21 clip. Broadly, I may say that the same principle that governed the trade in pre-war days will decide that point now. All wool appraised up to the 30th June will, of course, fall automatically into the 1919-20 clip. All wool shorn before the 30th June, which was in bond or warehouse, or immediately available for shipment, will fall also into the 1919-20 clip. But wool, whether shorn before or after the 30th June, which was in bond or warehouse, but had not been appraised, and was not immediately available for shipment, will fall into the 1920-21 clip. That is the position as regards shorn wool, and the same broad principle would apply to skin wool. On the question of skin wool generally, as the fellmongers are to put their case before me, it is proper that I should defer any expression of opinion upon it until I have heard them.







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