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Wednesday, 19 April 1972
Page: 1214

Senator POKE - Does the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry recall his answer to my question on 29th February about the supply of nonAustralian produced wool for manufacture into carpet to cover the floors of the Sydney Opera House? Does he also recall that in answer to a question by me on 2nd March and a question by Senator Lillico on 7th March he stated that he would find out what research had been undertaken into the growing of suitable Australian wool for carpet manufacture? How does the Minister reconcile those answers to my questions with the answer he gave on 13th April when I asked about a trade mission for the promotion of Australian highfashion woollen garments similar to that conducted by an Irish trade mission in Sydney and he said: 'One has only to visit the International Wool Secretariat in London to see Australian wool being promoted in all manner of ways, one instance being the very lavish carpets on the floor as one enters the front door of the building'?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I recall the answers that I have given. Perhaps I do stand corrected on one word - the word 'Australian'. I was referring to the International Wool Secretariat in London to which I believe New Zealand, South Africa and Australia contribute. The carpets were all-wool. As I said, I stand corrected on one word.

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