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Thursday, 1 August 1946


Mr SCULLY - I shall have investigations made and' supply an answer to the honorable member as soon as possible.


Mr SCULLY - by leave- After careful consideration of the representations made to the 'Commonwealth by the Premiers of Western Australia and Tasmania in relation to the position of the apple mid pear industry in those States for next season, the Government has decided to continue assistance to the industry next year. Because of the withdrawal of the national security powers, there are constitutional and legal problems which' have to be determined before any final decision can be made as to the statutory form in which the existing marketing arrangements can be continued. These aspects are under examination by the Government, l t is hoped that it will be possible to continue assistance to the industry by means of an extension of the acquisition scheme which has been in operation since 1940. Tn the meantime, the Australian Apple and Pear Marketing Board will proceed with all the necessary arrangements in regard to cases, packing materials and other essential supplies required for the handling and marketing of the Western Australian and Tasmanian crops. The board has also been authorized to undertake the arrangements necessary with processors to unsure- the absorption of maximum quantities of fruit in the production of dried and canned apples and other products. Apple arid pear growers in States still suffering from shipping and other disabilities caused by the war, can be assured that the support which the Commonwealth has provided for this industry during the past few seasons will he continued to cover the crop for next year.







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