QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Colin Bettles – “OPPOSITION leader Bill Shorten has downplayed suggestions about potential brand damage to local producers following revelations Australian wool was switched from high grade to low grade product on bales sold into China
Mr Shorten faced the media today as news broke of an alleged wool tampering racket that’s been operating since May but is now under investigation by Victoria Police.”
NEWS.COM.AU – by Kaitlyn Offer – “Chinese wool merchants who thought they were buying tens of thousands of dollars worth of fine merino wool have been sent low-grade scraps in a scam out of Melbourne’s docks.”
NEWS.COM.AU – by Ben Graham – “FLEECED Chinese buyers have been sold dodgy wool after thieves partially stole high quality bales and replaced them with unusable material.
The sneaky crooks tampered with 18 bales, which are estimated to be worth more than $2,000 each, before they were shipped out of Melbourne. Chinese buyers raised the red flag when the bales arrived and Victoria Police is now investigating.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Beyond the Bale
THE GUARDIAN – by Calla Wahlquist – “Police in Victoria are investigating a wool-swap scam that involves high-value wool exported to China being replaced by inferior product worth a 12th of the price.
Wool growers have labelled the perpetrators “idiots”, saying the swap would be instantly obvious to anyone who opened the bales.”
CROOKWELL GAZETTE – by Kate Dowler – “POLL Dorset studs from NSW dominated the Royal Melbourne Show interbreed sheep showing at the weekend.
The Frost family’s Hillden Poll Dorset stud, Bannister, took out the interbreed champion ram gong, while champion ewe was awarded to Valley Vista Poll Dorset stud, Coolac NSW.”
BUSINESS INSIDER AUSTRALIA – by Simon Thomsen – “Victorian police are investigating theft of 18 bales of high equality wool, worth around $2000 each, from a Melbourne warehous.
Thieves substituted cheaper quality fleece, worth around a 10th of the price, for the high value wool in the original bales. The swap is believed to have happened since May 2017 after the original fleece was inspected and tested and was only discovered by buyers in China after the wool had been exported.”
FIBRE 2 FASHION – “Continuing in Stella McCartney’s dedication to sustainability and circular economy, the brand has been given a Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold level certification for its wool yarn by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, a fashion industry first. Through the certification, Stella McCartney takes commitment to sustainable design into action.”
ABC NEWS – by Elias Clure – “Victoria Police are investigating the theft of several expensive wool bales which they say could damage the reputation of the Australian export industry.
The investigation began after a number of wool brokers reported that they had been robbed.
It is believed the thefts, which have been occurring since May of this year, involve a sneaky manoeuvre where high-value wool was removed from the original bales and replaced with a significantly cheaper product.”
THE MURRAY VALLEY STANDARD – by Emmalie Balnaves-Gale – “From her family farm in the heart of Meningie, Belinda Watson is preparing to showcase her boutique fashion label Binny at the Adelaide Fashion Festival next week.”