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Thursday, 4 August 1921

Senator ROWELL (South Australia) . - In my opinion, prunes are plentiful now because they have been- held back to secure higher prices, and there has been a slump. A gentleman living close to me told me that he had kept back a few tons to get better prices. I hope that the Committee will be consistent. We have made the duty on currants and raisins 4d., and that should be a sufficient rate for prunes. Personally, I think that 3d. would be enough for all dried fruits. Last night Mr. Chaffey told me that there was a movement at Mildura to ask Parliament to increase the duty from 3d., and that the general opinion was that that would be unwise. This Committee has done what the growers seem to think unnecessary. I move -

That the House of Representatives be re quested to make the duty, sub-item (c), per lb., 4d.

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