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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2709

Senator MELZER (VICTORIA) - Has the attention of the Minister representing the Minister for Manufacturing Industry been drawn to a report in today's Sydney Morning Herald' which refers to the community's difficulty in buying woollen clothing? The report goes on to state that when the Australian Wool Board was approached for the name of a retailer where such articles could be bought, the reply was that a certain retailer should be approached because it imported such articles. Taking into account the part wool plays in our economy will the Minister advise what action the Government will take to ensure that the public can buy a range of woollen goods in Australia at a reasonable price?

Senator WRIEDT (TASMANIA) (Minister for Agriculture) - 1 am not aware nor has it been brought to my attention that there is any shortage of Australian wool for the purpose of manufacturing woollen garments in Australia. If such were the case then obviously it would be a matter of concern, I am sure, to us all. I shall refer the question to the Minister for Manufacturing Industry to ascertain whether he is able to confirm that such a shortage obtains. If that is the position then I would certainly make inquiries of the Australian Wool Corporation to ascertain the reason for the shortage.

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