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Wednesday, 12 April 1972
Page: 995

Senator POKE (TASMANIA) - My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry. Was Mr A. J. Vasey, Chairman of the Australian Wool Industry Conference, correctly reported when he claimed that the Minister for Primary Industry, Mr Sinclair, told AWIC members on 10th March that a salary of $20,000 was the absolute upper limit for a government instrumentality of this kind? Is the Government likely to submit to the pressures being brought to bear on it to agree to a salary of $40,000 to $50,000, as is anticipated by the AWIC? Is it the intention of the Government to fix the salary of the chairman of the instrumentality, or will the suggestion of Mr I. P. Heffernan, Chairman of the Victorian Farmers Union Wool Committee, be accepted when he said that it was unrealistic that the salary for such an important position should be fixed by the Government? Will the Minister inform the Senate whether the chairman of the instrumentality will be likely to represent the grower organisations, or is it likely that the chairman will come from the broker organisations?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I am not aware of what Mr Vasey said. I certainly shall ask for a copy of his remarks. When I receive that copy I will be in a position to answer not only that specific point but also all the other points that the honourable senator has raised.

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