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Monday, 24 May 1993
Page: 1132

Senator CRANE (9.50 p.m.) —I thank the Minister. I am pleased to hear that news, but it is very important that it go a step further because we have the situation where the Wool Realisation Commission is responsible for the management of the debt and the management of the stockpile, and the Australian Wool Corporation is theoretically responsible for the marketing. I am somewhat concerned about the Wool Corporation. Whilst I recognise that this is stepping across a number of areas, if we have coordination between the Department of Primary Industries and Energy, the Wool Realisation Commission and the Wool Corporation, we might see some consolidation of the Wool Corporation's effort.

  Together with many other senators on this side of the chamber I will be making submissions to the Garnaut inquiry. We need to see expertise from the private sector as well as from government departments. I would see it as a facilitation exercise providing research and information. I would not see it that such a structure would get involved in processing or manufacturing. It will be a facilitator in the process of addressing the real issue of the stockpile.

The CHAIRMAN —Are there any further matters in relation to subprogram 1?