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Tuesday, 23 November 1965

Mr IRWIN (MITCHELL, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question to the Acting Minister for Primary Industry follows on an answer he gave a few minutes ago to the honorable member for McMillan. I refer the Minister to the very proper remark made by him last Tuesday in this House when he stated that the Government was neutral in regard to the wool prices referendum and did not support either side. I ask: Is he aware that a high pressure campaign is being conducted for a " Yes " vote based upon the false statement that the " Yes " case has the Government's support? If so, will be take steps to see that adequate publicity is given by his Department to the falsity of this misleading and deliberately repeated statement? Is he aware that certain employees and propagandists of the Australian Wool Board have also implicated themselves in the false statement that the Government supports the plan? What action does the Minister propose in order to correct this deplorable state of affairs?

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