THE AUSTRALIAN – “Australia’s $3 billion wool export industry faces a nervous wait to discover the full extent of the wool substitution scam revealed yesterday in Melbourne by police.
At least 16 bales of top quality Australian merino wool, valued at between $2500 and $3000 each, were found to contain low-grade coloured, dirty and crossbred wool when they were unpacked in China three weeks ago.”
ABC NEWS – PM – by Clint Jasper – “Australian wool producers say it’s “beyond disappointing” to learn people have been swapping high quality merino wool for low grade wool” in shipments destined for China.”
THE AGE – by Larissa Ham – “A wool tampering racket that has hit Melbourne brokers in recent months wouldn’t exist if Australia had a stronger manufacturing sector, says Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.
“Some of these potential crimes of swapping wool bales between here and China and putting in lower-quality wool, wouldn’t happen if we had a manufacturing industry in Australia,” said Mr Shorten, speaking during a visit to the Victoria Wool Processors.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “SECURITY issues have been exposed in Australia’s wool supply chain as a sophisticated wool tampering operation has been uncovered in Melbourne.
Victorian Police are investigating after a number of wool brokers reported cases of their wool being tampered with since May this year.
Police allege 16 bales of high quality, Merino fleece had been removed from bales and substituted with crossbred, sweepings and contaminated black wool.”
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.”