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Wednesday, 11 November 1959

Mr ADERMANN (Fisher) (Minister for Primary Industry) . - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of this bill is to impose a levy on apricots, peaches and pears accepted by canneries as of canning quality or for use in the production of canned fruit. The moneys so collected will be used to finance a scheme to promote the sale of Australian canned fruits both overseas and in Australia.

The scheme has been sponsored by the Australian Canning Fruitgrowers Association, the central organization of growers of canning apricots, peaches and pears, which claims to represent about 90 per cent of the industry in numbers in the three main producing States of Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales and 95 per cent of the Australian production of these fruits used in canning. In addition the scheme enjoys the full support of both the central organization of fruit canners - the Australian Canners Association - and the Australian Canned Fruits Board, which is the statutory Commonwealth authority charged with achieving the orderly overseas marketing of Australian canned fruits.

The Government has been glad to respond to this commendable move on the part of the canning fruit-growing industry to help itself and the bills I am now presenting are purely for the purpose of giving legislative expression to the industry's own scheme.

I shall make further reference to the scheme in my second-reading speech on the Canned Fruit Sales Promotion Bill 1959. I commend the bill to honorable members.

Debate (on motion by Mr. Allan Fraser) adjourned.

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