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Thursday, 5 December 1974
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Senator WRIEDT (Tasmania) (Minister for Agriculture) - in reply- I believe that it is unnecessary at this stage to say a great deal, but I wish to restate the confidence that the Government has shown in the wool industry through this legislation. The more specific matters will be dealt with at the Committee stage of the debate. The only point that Senator Maunsell made on which I wish to comment is that the Australian Wool Industry Conference supports the amendments which are to be moved to this Bill by the Opposition. I have some reservations about that aspect which I do not wish to spell out in any detail. I believe that the consultations which took place between the Government and the AWIC before this legislation was drawn up were such that the legislation reflects the agreement which was reached between the Government and the Australian Wool Industry Conference with the one exception of the right of the AWIC to agree to the use of any surplus moneys from the market support fund. The Government, of course, moved an amendment along those lines in the House of Representatives and that has already been incorporated in this Bill. Otherwise I believe that the Bill reflects accurately and faithfully the agreement reached with the AWIC. I suggest that we proceed to the Committee stage of the debate.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In Committee

Clauses 1 to 4- by leave- taken together, and agreed to.

Clause 5 (Membership of Corporation).

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