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Wednesday, 3 November 1971
Page: 2900

Mr MacKELLAR (WARRINGAH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Acting Minister for Primary Industry and I refer him to statements by various responsible people suggesting, in view of the present wool situation, that a limitation on wool production may be imposed. In view of the nature of the production of wool, could he inform me what methods could be used to achieve such production limitations and whether any plans for such production limitations are being considered?

Mr NIXON - 1 am not prepared at question time to speculate on the number of means that could be used to control the production of wool but I will supply the honourable member with a list of the number of alternative methods that have been speculated upon by people outside the Parliament as well as by people in this House. I have read with a great deal of interest some of the speculations. The wool industry itself is concerned with the situation relating to the price of wool, with the general circumstances relating to the consumption of wool and the effect all this is having on the price of wool. The Minister for Primary Industry has been having discusions with wool industry organisations about this matter. I can offer no other comment at this time.

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