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Friday, 26 May 1972
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Senator POKE - Yesterday I addressed a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. I think the question was incorrectly addressed to that Minister. I now address a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry. Can the Minister guarantee that when the Government has come to some decision on the marketing of the Australian wool clip it will inform Sir William Gunn of that decision so that that gentleman can present a competitive and intelligent contribution to the International Wool Textile Organisation conference which he is attending overseas at the moment?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I do not mind the honourable senator asking me questions but I wish he would ask me questions that have some substance in them. I think Sir William Gunn has made a very fine contribution to the wool industry over a very long period.

Senator Poke - I do not question him. I am questioning the Government.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - No, you are not. I will not give the honourable senator any guarantees in this place on matters concerning the responsibility of the Minister for Primary Industry. If the honourable senator wants some information, let him ask me and I will seek it.

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