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Thursday, 30 April 1942

Sir GEORGE BELL (DARWIN, TASMANIA) - Having regard to the cost of producing apples, including the clearing of the land', the planting of the orchards, the spraying and pruning of trees, the cost of transport from the orchard to the ship and from the ship to the cities on the mainland, together with the rents charged for the shops in which the fruit is sold, does the Minister for Commerce believe that 1½d. is an excessive price for an apple?

Mr SCULLY -I do not claim to be an expert on values, but I assure the honorable member that I would appreciate the opportunity to get apples of the quality indicated at the price mentioned.

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