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Friday, 26 May 1972
Page: 2166

Senator POKE (TASMANIA) - My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry.

Senator Young - Another question on wool?

Senator POKE - Yes, naturally. With the answers I have received to my questions on wool, 1 should think that I would concentrate on 'rt. Can the Minister inform the Senate of the income from wool for the year 1969-70? Can he further advise how the income from wool compares to income derived from other high export earning rural commodities? Could the Minister advise whether small wool growers are receiving the same recognition in financial support as are the big wool growers or is it a case of the rich sector being pandered to al the expense of the small wool grower, whose subsidy payments invariably go to the brokers to pay off lien debts?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I can provide the honourable senator with detailed information of the clip in 1969-70 if he is prepared to wait a day or two while 1 obtain the information from the Department of Primary Industry. I do not agree with the last part of the honourable senator's question. The wool growers have been treated equally. Their return depends, of course, on the quantity of wool that they send in for auction.

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