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Friday, 18 November 1938


Mr FROST (FRANKLIN, TASMANIA) -I direct the attention of the Minister for Commerce to the following sentence in his statement concerning the trade agreement between the Government of the United Kingdam and the Government of the Unite'd States of America : -

The reduction of the duty on apples between the 10th August and 15th April, and on pears between the 1st August and 3.1st January, from 4s. 6d. per cwt. to 3s. Gd. per cwt. will assist the marketing of United States fruit. [s that provision definite, or may it be altered in any way? If it is possible to reduce the duty on foreign fruit in the period stated will the Government make provision to have the duty trebled on fruit imported from foreign countries between that period, so that marketing conditions in Australia shall not be unduly dislocated?







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