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Thursday, 8 August 1946

Mr LANGTRY (Riverina) .- I disagree with the contentions of the honorable member for Wimmera (Mr. Turnbull) who said that the wool belongs to the growers. Undoubtedly, some of it does; but the grower who sells his sheep does not continue to own the wool. Sheep might pass through the hands of from half a dozen to twenty dealers. The honorable member claimed also that the distribution of the money i» the manner which he suggested would be a simple matter. From the stand-point of the dealers and the butchers, it would be impossible. The values for skins might vary from ls. to 12s. or even £1. Probably more dealing is done in the ?heep and wool industry in Australia than' in any other class of stock. In the past years the dealers had practically a monopoly of the business. I take no credit for the very high .standard of wool production in Australia : those who have developed this industry deserve praise for their- work. The honorable member for Forrest (Mr. "Lemmon) "has explained clearly how money is to be used for publicity purposes.

Mr TURNBULL (WIMMERA, VICTORIA) - Could not the woolgrowers use the money to better advantage?

Mr LANGTRY - Indirectly, the wool-growers will receive benefit from ^expenditure on publicity. It would be robbery, in my opinion, if the sellers of sheep off-shears and the skin buyers were in the same position. A considerable amount of this money has been realized from the sale of skins by men who bought sheep in quarter, half or three-quarter wool. It would be impossible, in these circumstances, to distribute the money -equitably among all who may be entitled -to ^participate in a distribution. 1 do not agree with the honorable member for Wimmera that it would be easy to make an equitable distribution. I am satisfied that under the proposals of tho Government the whole industry will benefit indirectly.

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