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Thursday, 22 October 1970


Mr McEWEN (Murray) (Minister for Trade and Industry) - Mr Speaker, 1 answered a question the other day in which I think the words 1 used might inadvertently have left a wrong impression. I was asked about the carpet in the Australian pavilion at Expo in Japan. The questioner used the term 'Australian wool carpet'. On examining my answer 1 found that I used the term 'carpet made from Australian wool'. What I was doing was extolling the value of wool as a fibre for carpet making as against synthetics. I do not wish to alter the impression that I had intended to leave. But the fact of the matter is that the wool carpet at Expo was made in Australia of wool that came from Australia, New Zealand, Britain, India and Pakistan. The great fame that Australia has as a wool growing country is in the production of apparel wool. Apparel wool when used exclusively in a carpet tends to felt, and it is necessary to mix some coarser imported wools with the Australian wool Wool, as a product for carpet making, stands unexcelled.







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