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Wednesday, 7 August 1946

Mr BREEN (CALARE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Some time ago I asked a question in regard to the need for collecting a levy of2s. a bale on wool, under the provisions of the Wool Use Promotion Act 1945. The Government has stated its intention to put into the fund amounts approximating£7,000,000, comprising £2,500,000 derived from handling sheepskins and £2,500,000 from he export of processed wool in the form of tops, noils and waste, under order of the British Government, and an adjustment of price with textile manufacturers on cloth exported from Australia, representing approximately £2,000,000. All these amounts were received by the Central Wool Committee, and frozen by the Treasury. Will the Minister consider now cancelling that section of the 1945 act dealing with the levy on wool-growers of 2s. a bale? Can the Minister tell the House what is the contributory charge paid by growers in New Zealand and South Africa for the joint ownership scheme in those countries?

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