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Thursday, 8 November 1973
Page: 1647

Senator PRIMMER (VICTORIA) - I refer the Minister for Primary Industry to the new wool research and promotion program announced by him last night. Why has the Government decided to take a greater role in financing research work while leaving the wool industry with more responsibility for promotion?

Senator WRIEDT - An announcement was made to the effect that over the next 3 years the Australian Government will provide $61m for wool research and promotion. Under the plan the emphasis of Government support will be in the area of research rather than promotion. The reason for this is that the Government believes that research is a matter which has wider benefit over the whole of the industry; in particular, it has equal benefit to the small wool grower as well as the larger wool grower. On the other hand, promotion is a matter which can give a more inequitable return to growers, depending on the size of the growers, and it is the Government's opinion that it is mainly the responsibility of the industry itself to provide funds for promotion. Of course, this does not mean that the Australian Government is opting out of promotion. We believe that the emphasis of government assistance in this area should be concentrated mainly in research.

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