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S T A T E M E N 'T REMAR Y INDUSTRY

G0 TE NT•1 NT WOULD LOOK AT WOOL Mks ;FTINIG i.,BCOIfr ENNDATIONS

The Government would give consideration to recommendations

by the wool industry and the Wool Board's advisory committee in

relation to wool—selling methods, the Minister for Primary Industry,

Mr. Anthony, said in the House of Representatives.

He said he was very conscious of the fact that a number of

resolutions had come from mass meetings of woolgrowers in recent weeks.

Mr. Anthony was replying to Mr. King (C.P., Vic.), who

asked Mr. Anthony to discuss with the wool industry resolutions

carried at recent meetings supporting the principle of a single authority to control the sale of Australian wool.

Mr. Anthony said: "Probably the principal resolution,

which came from the Tamworth and Moree meetings, was that there

should be a single marketing authority to control the disposal of the Australian wool clip.

"I am conscious also that the N.G.I. Graziers' Association,

by a vote of about 90 to 40, supported the concept of a single marketing authority.

"This action by the association was without precedent.

"To date, no overall recommendation has been made to the

Government. No doubt when the Federal bodies meet -- I am thinking

of the Australian Woolgrowers and Graziers' Council and the

Australian Wool and Meat .Producers' Federation — they will make

some recommendations.

"They may also put their proposals to the Australian W001

Industry Conference.

"The Australian :tool Board has set up an advisory committee to look into the problems of the industry and no doubt it will

come forward with certain findings — which may coincide with the

resolutions that have been carried.

"At that time, the Government will have before it

recommendations to which it can give consideration."

Canberra, 15th April, 1970.