QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Queensland Senator Barry O’Sullivan is calling for an investigation into Australian Wool Innovation.
Senator O’Sullivan proposed the Australian National Audit Office examine the governance of AWI, following revelations of extraordinary redundancy payouts, influential control of board elections and code of conduct breaches.”
STOCK & LAND – by Colin Bettles – “AFTER five hours of intense scrutiny and political sabre rattling during Australian Wool Innovation’s (AWI) dramatic examination at Senate estimates hearings earlier this week, the lingering question is what can or will happen now?”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “Thousands of woolgrowers throughout Australia may be unaware that they are eligible for a slice of the Graziers’ Investment Company’s $20 million bank balance.
GIC, formerly known as Australian Wool Services Limited, was formed in 2001 to resolve 36 legacy issues stretching back more than 80 years through previous administrations, including Australian Wool Research and Promotion Organisation and its two subsidiaries, Australian Wool Innovation and The Woolmark Company.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “With expanding International Woolmark Prize, the Woolmark Company is partnering with Fashion Tech Lab who will power the innovation award, bridging the gap between new technologies, sustainable innovations and luxury fashion. The two will pool expertise in sourcing, supply chain and sustainability to empower finalists through a mentorship programme.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “FORMER Australian Wool Innovation executive, Paul Swan, is raking-in an estimated $3000 a day in private consulting fees to the industry body, after resigning from AWI in January.
A grilling by Queensland Senator Barry O’Sullivan during Senate estimates hearing in Canberra revealed a lucrative consulting contract valued at $32,881, to deliver 11 pilot programs.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “PRODUCERS should not forget ewe composition in the search for high performance.
Jane Smith, one of the principals of New Zealand stud Newhaven Perendales, breeding 2500 stud lambs a year, said while the industry was in a good place on both sides of the ditch, producers needed to consider size in self-replacing flocks.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Gabrielle Johnston – “THE wool industry’s e-bale trial will soon be underway.
The electronic tracking device will be tested on 150,000 wool bales in Western Australia.
Growers and classers were updated on plans for the radio frequency identification trial at an Australian Wool Exchange forum held at Dubbo, NSW, recently.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “MINISTER for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce has indicated he will take no action over Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman’s admissions in Senate Estimates of breaching AWI’s Code of Conduct and damaging the body’s standing.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Miller – “Victoria’s Agriculture minister Jaala Pulford has rejected concerns by livestock agents over the timing of the rollout for sheep and goat scanning.
Australian Livestock and Property Agents (ALPA) has questioned Ms Pulford’s claims, made to Parliament, electronic scanning at the Ballarat saleyards was up and running.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “VICTORIAN Merino stud breeders have responded to the controversy that has recently followed Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) chairman Wal Merriman. Mr Merriman has been accused of breaching the industry group’s code of conduct and putting at risk $14 million in federal government funding, but the majority of stud breeders that Stock & Land spoke to seemed more sympathetic.”