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Tuesday, 16 May 1972
Page: 1646

Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry whether it is a fact that the Government has ordered the speeding up of the Randall Committee report on the wool industry and that the Australian Country Party Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Anthony, has served notice on the Government that he wants the matter discussed immediately the report is received, even if it means calling a special Cabinet meeting? I further ask the Minister: Why is it that the Country Party Minister for Primary Industry, Mr Sinclair, does not apply the same degree of urgency to Professor Grant's report into the problems of the wine industry?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I understand that the story that the Minister for Primary Industry called for a hurrying up of the Randall Committee report is not correct. As the Prime Minister said in his statement on 2nd May it is hoped that the Randall Committee report will be in the hands of the Government in 2 weeks time. That is the position as I know it. In regard to the wine industry, the report is in the hands of the Minister for Primary Industry. At the present time it is being studied before a submission is placed before Cabinet.

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