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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4774

Mr Snedden asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, upon notice:

With reference to the answer to question No. 799 (Hansard, 3 October 1974, page 2267), in which the Minister informed me that the Department of Agriculture spent $56,769 in having McKinsey and Company Inc., London, review the management structure and organisation of the International Wool Secretariat, what was the outcome of this review.

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

On 5 July 1974, the Minister for Agriculture issued a press statement on the outcome of the McKinsey and Co. review together with a one-page summary of the report. The Chairman of the International Wool Secretariat, Mr A. C. B. Maiden, also issued a press statement concerning the review on 13 June 1974.

The principal recommendations of the report were:

A more structured approach to planning be adopted, with increased attention being given to global strategies. Administrative and staff structure changes in support of this approach were suggested.

The role and composition of the IWS Board should be more directed to developing and reviewing overall strategy, leaving detailed aspects of operations to a Board Committee.

The IWS Board, at a meeting in June 1974, decided to implement, with very few modifications, the principal recommendations concerning staff structure. The resultant organisational restructuring became effective on 1 August 1974.

So far as the suggested changes to the IWS Board are concerned, the Chairman of the IWS advised me recently that the Board has accepted the recommendations in the report concerning its role and functions and has also moved to strengthen the role of the Board Committee.

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