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Wednesday, 24 May 1972
Page: 1956

Senator POKE - My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry. In view of urgent telegrams having been sent to all Country Party members and senators by the Katanning Zone Council of the Farmers Union in Western Australia, which has a membership of 900, can the Minister give a guarantee that a decision on a wool acquisition scheme will be made public before the August Budget, or will the Government continue to stall on this important question for fear of electoral disadvantages flowing therefrom?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - The honourable senator knows as well as I do that in the other place today there will be an urgency debate on wool. No doubt the Minister for Primary Industry will contribute to that debate. In regard to the latter part of the honourable senator's question, the Government, through the Prime Minister, made an announcement on 2nd May that Cabinet would deal with this matter when it had received the Randall Committee report. Since that time the Government has received another Randall Committee report. But it is my understanding that a further report is to be presented. As soon as the Government has that information Cabinet will be making a decision and an announcement will be made later.

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