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Tuesday, 18 May 1965

Senator CORMACK (VICTORIA) - I wish to preface my questions directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry by saying that it had been my intention to ask them earlier in the year. However, I realised that at that time the Logan Downs case was before the High Court and my action in asking the questions at that time may have been misinterpretated. I ask: Has the honorable gentleman's attention been drawn to the published opinion of Mr. K. A. Aickin, Q.C., in which he advanced the view that the Australian Wool Board would be acting without authority if it were to expend its funds on promoting its own or anyone else's wool marketing scheme? Has the Minister sought the advice of the Attorney-General as to the correctness of Mr. Aickin's opinion? If so. has the Australian Wool Board acted within its authority by engaging in nation-wide broadcasts on wool marketing between 6th December 1964 and 21st December 1964? Does the Minister intend to issue any instruction to the Australian Wool Board in respect of its actions in relation to any future wool marketing proposals which may emanate from its own recommendations or from decisions of the Australian Wool Industry Conference?

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