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PRIMARY INDUSTRY MEDIA RELEASE CHEAP WOOLPACKS THREATEN WOOL VALU

CANBERRA

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRY THE RT. HON. IAN SINCLAIR M.P.

SUMDAY, 2 1 JA NU ARY 1 9 7 9

I N F E R I O R WOOLRACKS COULD J E O P A R D I S E THE VA LU E OF A U S T R A L I A N ■ WOOL EXPORT S AMD S E R I O U S L Y REDUCE RETURNS TO GROWERS, THE

M I N I S T E R FOR P R I M A R Y I N D U S T R Y , MR IAN S I N C L A I R , WARNED T O D A Y .

MR S I N C L A I R S A I D S U B S T A N T I A L NUMBERS OF S U B - S T A N D A R D WOOLPACKS HAD BEEN I N T E R C E P T E D AT A U S T R A L I A N PORTS IN RECENT WEEKS.

SOME 2 0 , 0 0 0 RACKS HAD BEEN RETURNED TO THE COUNTRY OF O R I G I N

AND OTHERS WERE B E I N G HELD FOR LAB ORAT ORY E X A M I N A T I O N . THESE WOULD ONLY BE R E L E A S E D FOR SA L E IN A U S T R A L I A I F THEY WI T HS T OO D

T E S T I N G BY TH E A U S T R A L I A N WOOL T E S T I N G A U T H O R I T Y .

MR S I N C L A I R WARNED BOTH IMPORTERS AND WOOLGROWERS TO BE ·

S U S P I C I O U S OF ’ B A R G A I N ’ PA CK S , WHICH WERE THE SOURCE OF

MOST C O M P L A I N T S OF WOOL C O N T A M I N A T I O N .

' T H E A U S T R A L I A N WOOL CO RPO RA TI ON WOULD A D V I S E GROWERS ON THE S U I T A B I L I T Y OF PACKS TO PROTECT THE VA L UE OF T H E I R WOOL C L I P .

’ P R O F I T A B I L I T Y OF THE WOOL I N D U S T R Y , WHI CH W I L L EARN EXPORT

INCOME WELL OVER $ 1 B I L L I O N T H I S F I N A N C I A L Y E A R , DEPENDS

C R I T I C A L L Y ON Q U A L I T Y CONTROL AT EVERY STAGE OF PR ODUCTI ON

AMD P R E S E N T A T I O N , ’ MR S I N C L A I R S A I D . '

. ’ M A I N T E N A N C E OF EXPORT Q U A L I T Y STANDARDS AMD PREMI UM P R I C E

RETURNS R E Q U I R E S U N R E M I T T I N G A T T E N T I O N TO EVERY D E T A I L FROM

GROWTH OF THE F L E E C E TO I T S F I N A L L O A D I N G · AT S H I P - S I D E .

’ ONE I MPORTANT CAUSE OF LO SS IN WOOL VA L UE I S C O N T A M I N A T I O N

BY PACK M A T E R I A L WHICH S O M E T I ME S CANNOT BE REMOVED .

IN SUBSEQUENT P R O C E S S I N G . ’

MR S I N C L A I R S A I D THE WOOL CORP OR AT I ON AND A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT DEP ARTME NTS WERE WORKING TOGETHER TO ENSURE T HA T PACKS OF ADEQUATE Q U A L I T Y WERE A V A I L A B L E TO THE WOOL I N D U S T R Y .

A U S T R A L I A N A I D FUNDS HAD BEEN USED TO P R O V I D E E Q UI P ME NT AND

T R A I N I N G TO ENSURE T H A T J U T E PACKS FROM BANGLADESH WERE . UP TO S T A N D A R D .

A U S T R A L I A N TRADE C O M M I S S I O N E R S AND T E C H N I C A L S T A F F OF THE .

A . W . C . L I A I S E D RE G U L A R L Y W I T H OVERSEAS MANUFACTURERS TO MAKE SURE THE Q U A L I T Y STANDARDS R E Q U I R E D WERE UNDERSTOOD AND M A I N T A I N E D . ' .

D E S P I T E T H E S E P R E C A U T I O N S , SOME S U B - S T A N D A R D WOOLPACKS WERE S T I L L B E I N G D E T EC T ED AMD I N S P E C T I O N OF I NCOMI NG CO NS I GN ME NT S HAD BEEN I N T E N S I F I E D , MR S I N C L A I R A D D E D . .

I N F E R I O R PA CK S COULD NOT ALWAYS BE D E T EC T ED BY S I G H T ,

P A R T I C U L A R L Y S Y N T H E T I C PACKS WHICH USED S P E C I A L L Y S T A B I L I S E D

P L A S T I C S IN T H E I R M A N U F A C T U R E , .

’ GROWERS SHOULD BEWARE B A R G A I N O F F E R S . WHEN IN DOUBT ABOUT THE Q U A L I T Y OF PACKS O F F E R E D , T HEY SHOULD CONSULT THE WOOL