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Wednesday, 26 March 1941

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

1.   On 21st August, 1940, Cabinet approved of the principle of appraisements at Albany, Western Australia, and Townsville, North Queensland.

2.   The approval was made subject to certain conditions which were subsequently reviewed, and confirmed in the following form: -

(a   ) That the storage and dumping facilities at the places mentioned be brought to a capacity and condition suitable for the handling of wool at the centre, to the satisfaction of the Central Wool Committee;

(b)   That the Local Authorities, and the business enterprises concerned, meet the cost involved in the work referred to in (a ) .

3.   No.

4.   The Central Wool Committeehas not yet received any application from a wool selling broker for approval to act in the centres named. The Minister for Commerce is at present considering the matter with the various interests concerned, with a view to overcoming the obstacles to compliance with the above conditions.

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