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Tuesday, 16 March 1971


Senator BULL (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Prime Minister. Because of the unprofitability, deep concern and lack of confidence about the future among wool growers and those dependent on a prosperous wool industry, will the Prime Minister, as a matter of urgency, instruct officers of his Department to bring together representatives of the Department of Primary Industry, the Department of Trade and Industry, the International Wool Secretariat and other competent authorities, in an effort to ascertain the reasons for the marked decline in wool prices, and report to the Prime Minister and later to Parliament?


Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON

The honourable senator suggests that having regard to the present state of the wool industry and the low price for wool I make representations to the Prime Minister to bring together representatives of the Department of Primary Industry, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Wool Secretariat to study the situation. I shall make representations to the Prime Minister on the basis of this question. I would add for my own part that I believe there is a ready acceptance all over Australia and throughout the world that the price of wool is very low and represents a very serious threat to our wool industry and to the whole of our economy which has a relationship with that industry. I should think that at all levels of the various departments and organisations mentioned by the honourable senator there would be in process a continuing study of the problems mentioned by him. I presume that the implication in his question is that by coming together in conclave representatives of those bodies could evolve some new situation. I shall refer this question to the Prime Minister.







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