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Tuesday, 1 May 1973
Page: 1479

Mr WHAN (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry a question. Will the Australian delegation to the

International Wool Textile Organisation conference in May of this year include a technically qualified member of the Australian objective measurement project who is able to explain to this international conference the important findings of that project? Will the Australian delegation include a government representative able to define to this international conference the Australian Government's position in regard to wool?

Dr PATTERSON - I have not been advised of the exact qualifications of all members of the proposed delegation, but I certainly agree with the honourable member for EdenMonaro that at least one member of that delegation should be fully conversant with the substance and the findings of the objective measurement report which thoroughly investigated this proposition and its application in Australia and overseas, particularly in relation to the sale of Australian wool and the consequences on the manufacturing side. I also agree with the honourable member that it would be sound practice for a government representative to accompany that delegation. I will take up the matter with the Minister for Primary Industry and ask him to act on the honourable member's suggestion.

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