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Tuesday, 30 May 1972
Page: 2224

Senator POKE (TASMANIA) - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry whether his attention has been drawn to a statement made by the Managing Director of the International Wool Secretariat, Mr A. C. B. Maiden, to this effect:

The fact is that wool ceases to have significance as a product of primary industry, with all the political and economic associations which that entails, from the moment it leaves these shores.

Does the Minister agree with that statement? If so can he explain to the Senate why there is so much reluctance and procrastination on the part of the Government in preparing an efficient plan for the competitive sale of the wool clip on the world market for the next wool selling season?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - Mr Maiden holds a very important position in the International Wool Secretariat. He obviously speaks from a great deal of knowledge and I will not contradict what he says. However, I would like to read all his remarks before I do comment. There has been no procrastination by this Government. Over the years- this Government has been in office it has listened very carefully to what the wool industry has put forward by way of suggested changes in the marketing system and at all times it has endeavoured to carry out the wishes of the industry. On, I think, 16th March, the industry furnished to the Government a report of the findings of an ad hoc committee. That committee made certain recommendations which the Australian Wool Industry Conference endorsed. The Government is studying those recommendations at the present time.

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