STATEMENT

6 July, 2018

WPA submission into the AWI Review

 

The Minister for Agriculture and Water, David Littleproud instigated a robust process to review the operations of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI).

Industry, including grower representative bodies, took the opportunity to express views with the aim of enhancing the wool industry Research and Development Corporation to ensure compulsory levy dollars are expended in the most effective way possible.

Industry needs confidence that opinions put forward in this, or any public consultation can be made in a frank and fearless manner without the threat of legal ramifications.

To address the allegations made against WoolProducers Australia by a director of Australian Wool Innovation, specifically:
1. Where WPA made reference to AWI’s board of directors in its submission to the review and the decisions made by them, that reference (apart from anyone specifically named) was to AWI’s board of directors as a whole and not the actions or decisions of any particular director; and

2. WPA rejects any and all allegations that the content of its submissions were defamatory and will seek further legal advice in relation to any formal claims against WPA.

ENDS

WoolProducers Australia contact:
Jo Hall
Chief Executive Officer
0488 554 811