THE stand-off between farm groups and Australian Wool Innovation continues as it refuses to release state WoolPoll results.
The national breakdown of the triennial poll, which gives growers a chance to vote on what percentage of wool sales should go to AWI for marketing and research and development, was announced at AWI's annual meeting last month.
Stakeholders were told that just over 60 per cent of voters supported the 2 per cent levy. But Western Australian Farmers Federation and the Australian Wool Growers Association want the full results released.
AWI said: "The level of detail surrounding the 2012 WoolPoll results have been declared in line with previous polls and the management of such is at the AWI board's discretion. As stated, AWI is reviewing all ongoing investment in WA, given the level of discontent."
WAFarmers wool section president Ed Rogister said the results did not belong to the board and shareholders had the right to see them.
"WAFarmers are pleased to see that a higher number of woolgrowers voted in the poll and delighted they have voted away from the AWI Board's desired 2 per cent outcome."
AWI chief executive Stuart McCullough highlighted the tension between AWI and WA at the AGM: "WA was disappointing. If they were aiming to send us a message, they've sent that message, it's heard, understood and we're very disappointed.
"We've got some soul searching to do in WA ... we're spending more money there, we're visiting more often, we're very conscious of the efforts that we've put into WA in the last couple of years and it hasn't yielded."
While Australian Wool Growers Association chairman Shane Edwards wants the within-state results released, he admits AWI have not provided that information in the past.
"(I believe) ... is it is an election-type process and I can't understand why the results can't be made available," he said.
He said it was more pertinent the results were released after comments by Stuart McCullough about WA at the AGM.
"On one hand he was saying the results by state aren't available, but he made claims about WA being a problem and these claims need to be followed through with actual results."
Mr Edwards said the AWGA believed a levy reduction from 2 per cent to 1 per cent levy was too radical, but a drop to 1.5 per cent was more than feasible.