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19 Apr 2017

Zegna's wool growing pains


For the first time in the history of the exclusive Ermenegildo Zegna's wool awards, the Italian fine textiles and menswear luxury brand has paid 50 per cent above the market value to purchase 24 bales entered into the superfine competition.

27 Mar 2017

Wool growers' Graziers Investment Company enters final stages


Wool grower-owned Graziers Investment Company Ltd is on track to be wound up this year, with an estimated $20 million in assets to be distributed to shareholders.

15 Mar 2017

Basin destruction: McBride


LARGE-SCALE Far West NSW landholder Robert McBride has taken to YouTube to vent his frustration at what he calls "incompetence" in the management of the Menindee Lakes and Lower Darling River.

02 Mar 2017

Wool grower bodies unite on AWI levy oversight after staff payment shock


Australia's wool grower bodies have aligned behind the need for more industry oversight over levy expenditure after Australian Wool Innovation disclosed high ex-gratia staff severance payments at a Senate estimates hearing.

01 Mar 2017

Senators shocked by 'generous' AWI redundancy payouts


Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) is on the back foot defending payments of up to $531,371 in termination and ex-gratia fees to retrenched staff. AWI chief executive Stuart McCullough faced a Senate Estimates Committee hearing in Canberra where Nationals Senator John Williams questioned why staff on salaries from $200,000 to $300,000 were paid nearly a full year in redundancy and ex-gratia payments.

14 Dec 2016

PETA video prompts two-year shearing ban, six workers charged in Victoria


Victorian authorities have successfully prosecuted the first of six shearers they allege were depicted abusing sheep in a video released by animal welfare activists in 2014.

08 Dec 2016

Aussie Wool is lost at the Quay says AWGA chairman Robert McBride


For anyone who has read the Australian Wool Innovation annual report, one feels the board has clearly lost direction and control of the wool levy. It's hard to fathom how they are helping wool demand or on farm profitability in any way, the Merino industry has never been in a weaker position in its long history.

06 Dec 2016

WoolProducers Australia committed to FMD Preparedness


The peak representative body for the Australian wool industry, WoolProducers Australia (WPA) has strengthened its commitment to Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) preparedness on behalf of the Australian wool industry.

01 Dec 2016

WoolProducers Australia stands by a 15% backpacker tax.


WoolProducers Australia stands by its support for a 15% backpacker tax. Australia's wool growers believe that the 15% rate is fair, internationally competitive and recognises the unique nature of seasonal work. We don't believe that backpackers should pay less tax than those on the Seasonal Worker Program.

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