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Thursday, 28 July 1921

Senator CRAWFORD (Queensland) . - The Committee should be as keen upon Australia producing its own requirements of fruit juice as any other product or commodity. Thiscountry grows as fine a sample of raspberry . and strawberry as is raised anywhere; but, in connexion with the growing of raspberries, in particular, there has recently been difficulty in finding a profitable market. If a moderate duty is imposed upon fruit juices it should encourage manufacturers to buy such fruits as raspberries and strawberries. " Thus a market would be created, which would be infinitely better, of course, than that those fruits should go to waste for lack of demand. If the request errs at all it is on the side of moderation. The same duty should be imposed on fruit juices generally as upon grape juice.

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