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Friday, 21 November 1941

The following answers to questions were circulated: -

Wool Scouring in Queensland.

Mr Scully (GWYDIR, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Commerce) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   A circular dated the 8th August, 1941, was issued by the Brisbane Wool Selling Brokers' Association to wool-growers in Queensland.

2.   It is understood that the statements and advice contained in the second paragraph of the circular letter reflected the position which arose some time ago out of the shortage of oversea shipping and the necessity to meet demands of the United States of America buyers for greasy types. There is no demand from the United States of America for scoured wool. 3 and 4. The reference in the circular letter regarding shipping facilities is a statement that shipping facilities to the United Kingdom have been greatly reduced. This is common knowledge throughout the Commonwealth and the statement is not regarded as conveying secret information.

5.   Under the appraisement system, all wools are valued on a clean scoured basis, and for scoured wools an addition is made to cover the cost of scouring.

6.   The circular does not state that a grower would obtain a better return under appraisement from greasy 'wool than from scoured wool, but such an inference might be drawn by a person not conversant with the position.

7.   Wool-selling brokers advise their clients on the method of sending wool into their stores and it is natural that they should consider their clients' interests before taking into account the interests of manufacturers.

8.   To date, wool scoured in Brisbane on behalf of the Government of the United Kingdom has been sent to wool-selling brokers stores for re-appraisement. The payment made by the Central Wool Committee to woolbrokers for this service has been at the rate of 4s. per bale.

The Government is at present considering the problems associated with woolscouring.

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