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Wednesday, 24 August 1960

Mr KING (WIMMERA, VICTORIA) - I wish to ask the Minister for Primary Industry a question without notice. In view of the fact that, at the opening sales on Monday of this week wool prices declined by from 5 per cent, to 7i per cent, and in view of the request from growers and grower organizations for action to improve the financial position of the industry, 1 ask the Minister whether he will give consideration to the suggestion by the Wool and1 Meat Producers' Federation that he call for a referendum of growers on the proposals put forward by that organization. Will he call the leading woolgrowing organizations together in a top level conference to discuss the future of the industry? In the interests of the growers and of the economy of Australia in general, will he investigate the possibility of having a full-scale inquiry into the whole of the industry including production, sales and future prospects?

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