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Wednesday, 27 February 1952

Mr McEWEN (MURRAY, VICTORIA) (Minister for Commerce and Agriculture) - The matter that the honorable member has raised comes within the jurisdiction of the Minister for Trade and Customs. I am not completely up to date with the facts, but, broadly speaking, it has not been possible to reach final agreement on practical terms. The woolgrowing interests, for instance, have been insistent that there should be displayed on woollen textiles the quantities of virgin, re-used and re-processed wool contained in them. The analysts who would be required to advise the Government with respect to penalties, if that provision were adopted, say that they would not be able to identify those different types of wool. That is one reason why this matter has not yet been finalized.

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