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Baldock calls for early wool growers' elections

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Friday, 4 July 2003

Baldock calls for early wool growers' elections

Wool growers must have an opportunity to vote as soon as is practicable on the make-up of the board of the new company that will replace the Wool Board, according to United Future agricultural spokesman Larry Baldock.

Speaking during the passage of the Wool Industry Restructuring Bill in Parliament this afternoon, Mr Baldock expressed the concerns of many growers that the new entities such as Wool Equities Limited would perpetuate the careers of those who had presided over the decline of the Wool Board.

"Although the Bill disestablishes the Wool Board, the details about how directors will be appointed to Wool Equities are contained in its constitution, yet to be approved by the Minister," said Mr Baldock.

"The draft constitution has provisions for the ongoing renewal of the board, but I'm seeking clarification as to how soon growers will have an opportunity to vote for the board. I suggest that a special provision be included in the constitution to require fresh elections as soon as practicable after the transition is complete.

"Having said this, if growers want to have a say over who leads Wool Equities, they still need to get involved and make sure they vote for the people they want," he said.


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