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Tuesday, 6 December 1960

Mr ADERMANN (FISHER, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Primary Industry) - We debated that question as recently as Thursday of last week, when there was ample time to have questions such as this fully answered. I think it must be a well-known fact that Tasmania supplies the bulk - in fact over 60 per cent. - of the fruit exported overseas. Even with the extra representative, which will increase its membership from two to three, Tasmania will have only 37 per cent, of the representation of the producers, and I think Tasmania is rightly entitled to the extra representative. In reply to the honorable member's question as to why the organizations were not consulted, I point out that the representations came to me from the organizations purporting to represent the industry. Indeed, on the matter of the increase of the levy from 2d. to 6d., all the State organizations expressed their opinions, and all - with the exception of Western Australia, which was in agreement with an increase, although not to the extent that the bill provided - were in agreement with the proposal.

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