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Tuesday, 8 March 1932

Mr HAWKER (WAKEFIELD, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Markets) - My attention has been drawn tothe report, and I am of the opinion that Sir George Julius has not been correctly reported ; if he was speaking as the representative of the Commonwealth Government he would not have voiced such a sweeping condemnation of Australian products. Canned fruits for export are subject toa most rigid inspection in the factories: yearly the quality has been improving, and to-day our fruits hold their own with the Californian products. That applies to dried fruits also. In regard to fresh fruits, reports from England indicate that consignments of Australian apples were never better graded than they were last season. The regulations governing the export of apples have been considerably tightened. The prices of Australian butter in relation to Danish have steadily improved. In fact, the quality and packing of our exportable products has shown a steady improvement, and I cannot help believing that if Sir George Julius used the words attributed to him, he was referring only to exceptional cases.

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