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_ MINISTER FOR

STATE MENT PRIMARY INDUSTRY

WOOL 1IARKETING

The Minister for Primary Industry, Mr. Anthony,

said in relbourne today he believed the International tool Textile Organisation delegation which visited Australia.

recently gained more information than it provided.

The delegation members now had a greater

realisation of the Australian wool industry's problems, the associated political problems and the economic problems, he

said.

It r. Anthony was speaking at the first annual conference of the Federal Council of Agricultural Societies

at the Melbourne Showground.

He said the delegation's arguments were not ones that would greatly concern him, although it had points of

view he would take into consideration.

"The I .T AT . T . 0 . now has a better understanding of what we mean by a marketing authority," Mr. Anthony said.

"There have been many distorted views put forward about a 'single marketing authority'.

"That term gives you the latitude of going from the most extreme to the most conservative.

"The delegation was worried, but I think I allayed

some of their fears.

"I do not say that any scheme we might introduce as

a result of proposals now before the Government would be

completely acceptable to them, but they will not be opposing

it to the same extent as before".

Speaking on the need for change in the wool industry, Mr.. Anthony said "I don't want to see change unless

it is advantageous, wise, economically sound and practical".

18 September 1970.