Merriman offers apologies at Senate estimates

Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) Chair Wal Merriman (left) and Agriculture and Water Resources Department secretary Daryl Quinlivan.
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) Chair Wal Merriman (left) and Agriculture and Water Resources Department secretary Daryl Quinlivan.

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-payers.

Mr Merriman made the two apologies to federal Senators during his opening statement during Senate supplementary budget estimates hearings in Canberra today.

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The long-serving Chair said to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee his “intemperate” language towards journalists at a recent industry event in Adelaide was “more fitting to a shearing shed”.

“I am direct in the way I speak – I am from the bush,” he said.

“I apologise for my passion for the industry and the way it comes across.”

Mr Merriman said AWI had also conducted an inquiry into the one-way-mirror incident and had tabled a report to the board, with CEO Stuart McCullough saying the report would also be made available to the committee.

This article originally appeared in Farm Online