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Tuesday, 8 November 1938

Mr NAIRN (Perth) .- The persistence of the representatives of Tasmania is induced by the desire on their part to take advantage of the applegrowers of the whole of the mainland of Australia. The last three years have been consistently good years in Tasmania, while on the mainland they have been lean years. The Tasmanians want to fix future exports on that basis, which is not a fair one. The honorable mem- ber for Denison (Mr. Mahoney) has interjected asking whether other States, including Western Australia, exported their quota last year. They did not. Western Australia, in particular, was unable to do so because a . hailstorm destroyed over 400,000 cases of its apples. Is it not sufficient that those States which failed to fill their quota met with misfortune, without imposing on them the further misfortune of fixing a future quota on the basis of production during the last year and other years? Although we admit that Tasmania has been outstanding in the establishment of the apple trade with the United Kingdom, it must also be agreed that it has done very well out of its exports of apples. It has almost a monopoly of the apple market of Sydney.

Mr Rosevear - That is why the other States are "gate-crashing."

Mr NAIRN - Western Australia has no chance to compete on the Sydney market. The freight from Hobart to Sydney is10d. a case, whereas from Fremantle to Sydney it is 2s.11d. a case; consequently, Western Australia is at a disadvantage of 2s.1d. a case. Tasmania is already fairly well treated in having almost a monopoly of the Sydney market, which is the greatest of the State markets; and. admittedly, the local market is the most valuable. A fatal objection to the proposal of the honorable member for Franklin (Mr. Frost) is that neither the last three years, nor any other three years, represent a fair average of the production of the States of Australia ; they are unduly favorable to Tasmania.

Mr Frost - We are prepared to take the last ten years.

Mr NAIRN - That is another story. But even that might not be favorable, because those States which have only lately come into apple-production would have no right to export. All factors must be taken into consideration, and that is what the Minister (Mr. Archie Cameron) proposes shall be done.

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