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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 2617

Senator Webster asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(   1 ) When does the Minister expect the referendum relating to the ban on the export of merino rams to be held.

(2)   Is there a delay in the production of a case supporting the ban.

(3)   Is there a delay in the production of a case opposing the ban.

(4)   Who is responsible for the production of the cases for and against the ban.

Senator Wriedt - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   The referendum was conducted within the period 22 October to 22 November and the results of the Ballot have been announced.

(2)   and (3) No.

(4)   A statement of the principal substantive issues raised by those who have supported opposing views on the matter was prepared by my Department after consultation with representatives of the Australian Wool Industry Conference, the Australian Woolgrowers and Graziers' Council, the Australian Wool and Meat Producers' Federation and the Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders. This statement was included with the ballot papers provided to voters.

Had they so wished organisations, groups and individuals were free to present their respective points of view on the matter to voters in their own way.

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