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Wednesday, 6 October 1971
Page: 1918

Mr IRWIN (MITCHELL, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Will the Minister for Primary Industry advise the House why the Australian Wool Commission is offering PAP - price averaging plan - wool at auction to the exclusion of growers' wool? Would it not be better to clear the growers' wool and to allow the PAP wool to remain in stock?

Mr SINCLAIR (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Primary Industry) - I am not quite sure what lies behind the honourable gentleman's question. My understanding is that PAP wool is growers' wool. Consequently, no matter what label it comes under, it is all wool that is owned by growers that is being offered at auction. However, I would be delighted if the honourable gentleman or anyone else were to put in a few bids at the auction. I can assure honourable members that, whatever the category of wool, we are looking for buyers.

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