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Thursday, 25 May 1972
Page: 3074

Mr CORBETT (MARANOA, QUEENSLAND) - The Minister for Primary Industry will no doubt have seen the announcement of the creation in New Zealand of a wool marketing corporation to operate from 1st July 1973. Does the Minister see this as recognition of the necessity for the introduction of modern marketing techniques to enable wool to compete as a textile fibre? Does the

Minister regard this decision in New Zealand as being similar to the recommendations of the Australian Wool Industry Conference and as lending support for the Australian Government to give early consideration to their implementation in this country?

Mr SINCLAIR - I have seen a copy of the recommendations of the New Zealand Wool Board. The New Zealand wool industry recognises, as the Australian wool industry does, the changing market circumstances which beset the wool trade today. At the same time I think it should be said that New Zealand wool is essentially different from Australian wool but together we work through the International Wool Secretariat and together we share a great deal in facing competition from synthetic fibres. I believe that the steps announced in New Zealand illustrate that in New Zealand, as m Australia, there is this momentum towards change to make the industry more competitive in the future. I think that it will be of interest to us in our deliberations on the recommendations of the Australian Wool Industry Conference to consider the steps that have been taken on the other side of the Tasman.

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