SBS – Source AAP – “Australian Wool Innovation chair Wal Merriman has apologised for using a one-way mirror to secretly observe a group of stud breeders. The head of the Australian wool industry has apologised for secretly viewing a focus group of stud breeders through a one-way mirror.
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) chairman Wal Merriman told a Senate committee in Canberra the infamous ‘man-in-the-mirror’ incident did not meet best practice or the sensibilities of wool growers.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Alic Pohlner – “CONFIDENCE in the sheepmeat and wool markets was again reflected in strong ram sale results at Victorian, South Australian and NSW studs last week.
Many Merino and terminal breed studs recorded better top prices and averages than in 2016 as good quality genetics were in demand.”
THE ADVERTISER – by Belinda Willis – “FARMERS have shot or trapped 550 wild dogs south of the state’s dog fence since the start of the year and industry leaders are warning the pests are now dangerously close to rural towns… Wild dogs — including dingoes, feral dogs and their hybrids — are having a growing impact on the state’s $1 billion-plus sheep industry, with many farms like Arcoona Station, 150km north of Port Augusta, forced to employ a full-time trapper. “
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – “WILD dogs are now estimated to cost agriculture $89 million a year with rabbits, wild dogs, foxes, feral pigs and other pest animals putting the total bill as high as $797 million a year.
The report by the NSW Natural Resource Commission updates the economic impact of pest animals undertaken by Wendy Gong and colleagues in 2009. Then the impact of wild dogs was calculated to be $48m.”
NEWS.COM.AU – By Matt Coughlan – “The head of the Australian wool industry has been grilled over the transparency of board elections after apologising for using a one-way mirror to secretly observe a focus group.
Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman told a sometimes heated Senate hearing the infamous ‘man-in-the-mirror’ incident did not meet best practice or the sensibilities of wool growers.”
FARMONLINE NATIONAL – by colin bettles – “EMBATTLED Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) Chair Wal Merriman has apologised for swearing at journalists recently and for his role in the man in the mirror issue that has ignited anger among wool grower levy-payer.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Lucy Barbour and Brett Worthington – “Wool industry leaders mired in controversy will face a grilling from senators today amid an industry scandal that has brought deep-seated tensions to the fore.
The bitter divide between traditional and progressive farmers has led to allegations that Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), the grower and taxpayer funded marketing and research body, has fostered a “toxic culture”.”
NZ HERALD – by Nicki Harper, Hawke’s Bay Today – “Falling wool volumes has led to Cavalier Wool Holdings deciding to close the Whakatu Wool Scour and consolidate the operation at its Cavalier Woolscourers Ltd wool scouring plant at Awatoto.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Mike Foley – “MOBILE roaming will not benefit the bush so telcommunication companies should be subject to a new range of measures to help boost coverage in the bush, according to the ACCC.
Mobile roaming would force telcos to accept pay from their competitors to share network access in areas serviced by one provider.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “THE alleged dysfunction of Australian Wool Innovation in recent weeks is behind calls for a review into the Research and Development Corporation model.
Shadow Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon is supporting an inquiry into the effectiveness of the current RDC system amid widespread behaviour and governance concerns of AWI chairman Wal Merriman that is before Senate Estimates today in Canberra.”