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15 October 1999






The Federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Warren Truss, today announced the composition of the recent ly foreshadowed Working Party to progress the recommendations of the wool industry Future Directions Taskforce.


The Working Party will be chaired by Dr John Keniry, the current Chairman of Ridley Corporation, the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation and the National Registration Authority. Dr Keniry is also a director of Woolstock Australia and a woolgrower.


Joining Mr Keniry on the Working Party will be Mr Denis Byrne, a consultant with broad commercial law experience, Mrs Margaret Gibson of Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Mr David Connors of the Australian Wool Research and Promotion Organisation (AWRAP).


Three representatives from the National Woolgrower Forum will also serve on the Working Party Mr David Wolfenden, President of the Wool Council of Australia; Mr David Webster, Deputy Chairman of the Australian Wool Growers’ Association; and Mr Lindsay Godfrey, Commodity President, Sheep and Wool, Agforce.


“This Working Party brings together the required mix of wool industry knowledge, business acumen and project management skills,” Mr Truss said. “It’s very important that we capitalise on the impetus for change generated by the Future Directions Taskforce process and press ahead with reform of the wool industry.”


A key focus of the Working Party’s activities will be to develop a set of strategic business options to underpin the future development of the Australian wool industry in preparation for a woolgrower poll. Mr Truss has set a target date for the poll of 25 February 2000 or as soon as possible thereafter, subject to the advice of the Working Party.


“I have tasked the Working Party with costing each business option in terms of a prospective rate of wool tax with these options to be put to growers in the form of a poll early next year,” said Mr Truss.


“Once we have an indication from growers of the types of business services they require and the money they are prepared to invest in those services, we will be able to tailor new structural arrangements to specifically address their future needs.”





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