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Thursday, 8 October 1936


Senator BADMAN (South Australia) . - Sub-clause 2 reads -

The exporter of the oranges shall pay to the grower of the oranges the amount of the bounty received by him in respect of the oranges, unless he proves to the satisfaction of the Minister that he purchased or otherwise acquired the oranges from the grower or his agent and that the payment, if any, made lo the grower or his agent for the oranges included an amount which represents the bounty paid in respect of the oranges.

Can the Minister say who will receive the bounty of 2s. a case and how it is proposed to conserve the interests of the grower whose fruit is exported through a dealer? Should a dealer incorrectly state the number of cases of oranges exported by him on behalf of a grower, how will the grower know how many of the cases of oranges sold by him to such dealer have been exported, and how many have been sold in the home market?

Senator BRENNAN(Victoria - Assistant Minister) [3.24 j . - The bounty will, in the first instance, be paid to the exporter of the oranges. After the announcement of the bounty exporters automatically included the amount of the bounty in the price paid by them to the growers, and will be entitled to retain the bounty when it is received from the department. In order to protect the grower of the oranges it is provided that the exporters shall pay to the grower of the oranges the bounty received, unless the exporter can prove to the satisfaction of the Minister that he paid to the grower the amount of the bounty in addition to the ordinary purchase price of the oranges.







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