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Tuesday, 1 May 1973
Page: 1544


Mr Malcolm Fraser asked the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   When is it expected that the Government will make a decision concerning the funds urgently needed by the International Wool Secretariat to continue its research and promotion programs.

(2)   Is it a fact that the previous Government made firm decisions on these matters and that the delay by the present Government has placed the International Wool Secretariat and our international partners in that Secretariat in a position of doubt and uncertainty.


Dr Patterson - The Minister for Primary Industry has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   The Government has decided and announced the measures for financing wool research and promotion during 1973-74. It also has accepted the need to examine a continuing program of wool research and promotion beyond 1973-74.

(2)   The previous Government had agreed with tha Australian Wool Industry Conference on overall budgets for wool research and promotion for a 3 year period commencing in July next, and on methods for financing these activities. The terms of this agreement were to be implemented if the previous Government was re-elected to office. The Minister has had discussions with the Managing Director of the International Wool Secretariat, and the Government's decision has been announced ahead of the May meeting of the Board of the International Wool Secretariat. The Board then will finalise its budget and the program for the following year.







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