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Thursday, 19 November 1959

Mr LUCHETTI (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Primary Industry whether he recalls the statement made by his predecessor in office, the present Minister for Labour and National Service, on 11th March last year, in reply to a question by the honorable member for Lalor, in which the Minister said -

I feel sure that this is a figment of the honorable gentleman's imagination. I have no evidence, and I have never heard it suggested, that buyers' rings of any kind are operating in the Australian wool market. I feel reasonably confident that if they had been operating, that fact would have been brought to the attention of the Government, the department or myself.

Will the honorable gentleman inform his colleague, the Minister for Labour and National Service, of the finding of Mr. Justice Cook that seventeen of the largest wool buying firms were members of pies?

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