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Thursday, 17 August 1972
Page: 159

Senator PRIMMER (VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry. It is not a fact that recent proposals put forward by wool brokers throughout Australia to offer wool for sale under what is termed the 3- tier system are an attempt by brokers to head off any move by growers to obtain an acquisition plan for wool? Is the Minister aware that one woolbroking firm, namely Dalgety Australia Ltd, has issued its propaganda on the proposed 3-tier method of selling wool accompanied by a circular letter signed by its managing director, Mr Vines? Does the Minister believe that Mr Vines can capably serve both the Australian Wool Commission and Dalgety in this field? Was it not proposed on the appointment of Mr Vines to the Wool Commission about 2 years ago that his tenure of office would be for 6 months only?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - It is not a case of whether I believe Mr Vines has served the wool industry well. I think it is a fact that he has already served the wool industry very well. I would like to have a look at this question, make inquir ies as to what is factual in what the honourable senator has asked me and then give him a reply at a later date.

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