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Thursday, 25 February 1971

Senator O'BYRNE - ls the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry aware of the significance of a report in the Melbourne 'Sun' of today's dateline headed Tasmanian Wool Sale A Disaster' and stating that wool men described the Launceston wool sales as the most disastrous for years, representing a fall in prices of up to 65 per cent in the overall clip compared with last year, despite the purchase by the Australian Wool Commission of 60 per cent of the merino clip? Does the Minister realise that this slate of affairs can put the future of this traditional supply of. Tasmanian fine merino wool in jeopardy? Will the Minister get a report on the situation with a view to inaugurating a plan to preserve this important part of Tasmania's economy and to ensure that this section of the wool industry does not fade out?

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