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Tuesday, 9 May 1961

Mr ADERMANN (FISHER, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Primary Industry) - It is the Government's intention, when the report is received from the wool committee of inquiry, to deal with it as expeditiously as possible. When I had discussions with the organizations concerned, however, they made it clear, as I did on behalf of the Government, that no party would be necessarily bound by the findings of the committee. Therefore, it will be necessary to refer the report back to the organizations for consideration. If it is decided that there should be a ballot of growers, the procedure adopted will be similar to that adopted in 1951. On that occasion, before a poll was held, quite a deal of time elapsed before the exact proposition to be put to the growers was determined. In this case, again, consultations will be necessary between the Government and the organizations. However, I have had preliminary discussions with the electoral authorities with a view to compiling a roll. It will be necessary, of course, to determine the eligibility of voters. That has not yet been done. Again, it will be advisable to have a roll which is as up to date as possible. As deaths and property sales are constantly occurring, these would make out of date a roll that had been compiled many months in advance of its use.

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