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Tuesday, 22 May 1973
Page: 2463


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

(1)   Do the recommendations of the CSIRO wool harvesting report of July 1972 indicate possibilities for improving methods and reducing costs in this relatively high cost sector of wool production.

(2)   If so, has consideration been given to the proposal for the establishment of an instrument, similar to the Australian objective measurement project, to foster developments in wool harvesting.

(3)   Is it the intention of the Australian Wool Corporation, with woolgrower associations, the CSIRO, the wool handling section of the industry, machinery manufacturers and other suitable groups, to establish a comprehensive industry and research body to plan and co-ordinate the development of new wool handling techniques.

(4)   If so, will the body include expertise in the fields of engineering, science, animal husbandry, wool growing, industry and commerce, with a full time executive officer and other part-time members.


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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   and (4) The Australian Wool Corporation proposes to establish working groups from the many organisations and individuals working in this field with a view to co-ordinating the development and implementation of efficient wool harvesting techniques. The Corporation is presently in the process of recruiting a project officer specifically for this task.

Australian National Committee of the International Wool Textile Organisation (Question No 473)


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

(1)   What are the functions of the Australian National Committee of the International Wool Textile Organisation.

(2)   Is the Committee formally obliged to report its proceedings and decisions to Parliament or the Australian Wool Corporation.

(3)   Who are the members of the Committee.


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

(1)   I am informed that the functions of the Australian National Committee of the International Wool Textile Organisation are:

(a)   Acts as a forum for the discussion of problems relating to the wool trade in Australia.

(b)   Disseminates information emanating from IWTO and distributes the regulations for wool trading and technical specifications accepted nationally.

(c)   Contributes to and sanctions international regulations as above, including sampling and core-testing.

(d)   Conducts arbitrations in disputes between parties of contracts in wool or wool products.

(e)   Enables the Australian Wool Testing Authority and other test houses to be listed under the rules of the IWTO.

(f)   Nominated delegates and observers to IWTO conferences.

(g)   Contributes to the formulation of Australian and international standards concerning wool processes.

(2)   No.

(3)   I am informed that the current membership of the National Committee comprises the following:

Mr C.R. Nichols , Chairman

Mr S.S. Nevile

Mr R.C. Dixon

Mr C.Grimshaw

Mr S.N. Ross

Mr R.H. Moniez

Mr S.Coombe

Mr C.F. Stagg

Mr H.B. Leigh

Mr ForesterG. Stuart

Mr M.Elliott







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