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Wednesday, 26 March 1941

Senator McBRIDE - The Minister for Commerce has supplied the following answers : -

1.   Although the Commonwealth Government has more than once communicated its views to the Government of the United Kingdom, no actual agreement has yet been reached between the two Governments that the Central Wool Committee should allocate sufficient wools to employ all scouring and carbonizing works in Australia to capacity.

By arrangement with the British Wool Control, the Central Wool Committee has to date allocated large quantities of wool for scouring and carbonizing in Australia.

2.   For the season 1939-40, 22,191,304 lb. of greasy wool were allocated for scouring in New South Wales and this comprised practically all the available scouring types ex appraisements. For the season 1940-41 the quantity of greasy wool allocated ex appraisements to date is 29,710.000 lb. The annual capacity of 70,000,000 lb. would appear to include output of scoured skin wool as most of the scourers in New South Wales arc also fellmongers

Fellmongers are at present seeking more sheepskins than in normal times and, in addition, the Central Wool Committee is allocating for treatment a large number of sheepskins which have been appraised for and on behalf of the Government of the United Kingdom.

3.   The Minister was advised on the 12th March by Mr. Glasson, secretary of the Wool and Basil Workers Union, that 200 hands had been dismissed, and that others were on notice.

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