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Wednesday, 22 March 1972
Page: 782

Senator POKE - My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry. What criteria would be used by the Government in selecting members of any wool authority body established to control a wool acquisition scheme? Is it true that some wool grower organisations are seeking a grower dominated board to control the authority and that some sections of the industry wish to elect the board on political rather than commercial qualifications? In creating such a powerful body would the Government insist that the Board be composed of top marketing men rather than politicians and activists from among the ranks of wool growers? Also in selecting members of an authority what limitations would the Government place upon people who are directors of or who have major associations with large wool broking firms?

Senator COTTON - These appointments are properly matters for recommendation by the responsible Minister and, in due course, for consideration and approval or otherwise by the Government of such recommendation. Drawing upon my experience, it seems to me that the general practice is for these organisations to have, as far as possible, a fairly broad representation of people who are growers and people who are involved with the marketing side, with some Government representation to ensure that the public interest is carefully safeguarded. I cannot go further than that. I cannot commit the Government to the future position or the present position. I am quite sure that the question which the honourable senator asked will be taken into account.

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