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Tuesday, 27 November 1973

Senator McLaren asked the Minister representing the Minister for Secondary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   How many manufacturers of leather cricket balls are there in Australia.

(2)   What are their names.

(3)   Under what brand names do the respective manufacturers market their cricket balls.

(4)   Is there any known reason for the apparent decline in the quality of cricket balls in recent years.

(5)   What is the difference between leather cricket balls manufactured for hard wickets and those for turf wickets.

(6)   How many cricket balls are manufactured annually in Australia.

(7)   Are cricket balls imported into Australia; if so, how many and under what brand names are they marketed.

Senator Wriedt - The Minister for Secondary Industry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(   1 ) There are eight known manufacturers of leather cricket balls.

(2)   and (3) Manufacturers' names and the brand names of their products are:

A.   G. Thompson- 'Kookaburra'.

Slazengers (Aust) Pty Ltd- 'Special Crown', 'Yorker Club', 'Yorker Special', 'Hard Wicket', 'Panther'.

Nutting and Young Pry Ltd- 'Lyre Bird'.

Platypus Sporting Goods (Dave Brown) Pty Ltd- 'Platypus'.

Bert Tyrrell Sporting Goods Pty Ltd-'Preston Star', Gola'.'Speedmaster'.

J.   L. Burley Pty Ltd -' Burley ', ' Ro ver ', ' Ace '.

J.   S. Chesson Pty Ltd-' Chesson '.

Steeden (Distributors) Pty Ltd- Steen\

(4)   Some difficulty has been experienced in obtaining suitable leather and in some cases top quality stitching, and this has resulted in a fall in the quality of some cricket balls. In general, I understand that the reliability of the better quality locally produced cricket balls has been maintained.

(5)   Different balls are not produced specifically for different wickets, but four-piece balls are usually used on turf. The cheaper two-piece ball is normally used for junior cricket for economy reasons particularly when played on hard wickets.

(6)   Production of leather cricket balls in the past two years has been: 1971- 72-25,656 dozen. 1 972- 73-30, 1 97 dozen.

(7)   Preliminary import statistics for all types of cricket balls for 1972-73 were 76,963 balls. It has not been practicable to identify all brand names under which imported balls are marketed. However, some are sold under the names of-

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