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Wednesday, 28 October 1970

Mr ANTHONY (Richmond) (Minister for Primary Industry) (3:44 AM) - Under section 21(b) of the Bill the Commission has power to 'buy wool at auction or otherwise'. That word 'otherwise' is there to enable the Commission to negotiate with the owners of the wool before it actually goes on to the auction floor. As I stated in my second reading speech, the intention is to try to control the offerings of wool particularly faulty types of wool, by interrupting them before they enter the auction room. To do this the Commission would need to purchase them outside. The word otherwise' is related to that wool which would be voluntarily purchased.

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