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Tuesday, 16 May 1972
Page: 1648


Senator LAUCKE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the attention of the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry been drawn to the 1971 report of the Australian Woolgrowers and Graziers Council's Shipping Committee and the recommendations made therein, which are the result of extensive investigations within Australia and overseas, into the possibility of providing an improved and cheaper shipping service for the Australian wool clip? If so, can the Minister indicate what action has been taken, or is being contemplated, in respect to the Committee's recommendations?


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I had a copy of this report sent to me by the organisation to which the honourable senator has referred, and I read some of the recommendations including those in regard to shipping. In commenting on what action has been taken, 1 should say that perhaps the Committee's recommendations have been overtaken by a turn of events. I refer to the recent meeting in Brussels where the Chairman of the Australian Wool Board together with shippers, met the Australia to Europe Conference line and obtained a reduction in wool freights to Europe over the next 3 years. The shippers declined offers from the non-Conference lines and favoured the recommendations put forward by the Conference which gave them 3 categories of freight rates. At the present time I. understand that the shippers are looking at these freight rates. They will make a decision after they have considered all the details of the offer made by the Conference.







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