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Thursday, 29 November 1973

Senator WRIEDT (TASMANIA) (Minister for Primary Industry) -I did see the report in the Australian Financial Review'. It was a report of an interview with a representative of the Lanrossi organisation in Italy with whom I had discussions a fortnight ago in Rome. The article only restates the position which was indicated to me, that that very big organisation is convinced that it could sell more woollen textile products in Italy if stable wool prices could be maintained. The organisation indicated that the proportion of woollen fibre being used by it has declined since 1 968 from 50 per cent of its total fibre production to 37 per cent projected for next year. This is confirmation of the comments which I have made since I returned from my overseas trip and is an indicator of the decline in the use of wool as a part of the total textile market. I hope that this is the sort of problem that we can overcome in the near future. It is a typical case of a large woollen textile manufacturer wanting to get back into the usage of wool as a textile in the same proportions as in the past. Our efforts will be directed towards ensuring that organisations such as Lanrossi and other manufacturers and textile processors can increase their consumption of woollen fibre.

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