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Tuesday, 25 May 1993
Page: 1161

Senator CRANE (10.59 a.m.) —Unfortunately, in the time I have left I obviously do not have time to study these answers. I would like to emphasise their importance and the necessity for coordination between the departments of trade and primary industries. I am not saying that that coordination does not exist, but I sometimes wonder whether it exists to its fullest extent. As I said last night in the debate on wool, arrangements have been put in place for us to meet with the Department of Trade with regard to wool. Rather than pursuing this matter now with a half knowledge of the answers, not having had time to examine them, maybe I could raise it when we have the meeting with the department to discuss wool or, if necessary, with different officers from the department who are involved in that area.

  I hope it is possible to have that information prior to the meeting. I acknowledge that the Minister is nodding, so I accept that. I thank the Minister and his officers for that information. If there is further information with regard to the inquiries and the information that was made available in a general sense in terms of the situation that exists in the Middle East, perhaps we could have a look at that it prior to the meeting—which is, I think, on Thursday morning.