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Thursday, 12 November 1914
Page: 522

Senator READY (TASMANIA) - It is Bold there under the supervision of the South Australian Trade Commissioner, who is a paid official of the Government.

Senator Bakhap - It is sold by the same agency as disposes of the other fruit.

Senator READY - But it is sold under the supervision of the Government Trade Commissioner. The South Australian Trade Commissioner has the right at any time to inspect original invoices. He can demand from any broker the invoices relating to any fruit sold in order that he may ascertain to whom that fruit was sold.

Senator Bakhap - Why do so many South Australian producers continue to ship through the old-time channels, and to ignore the Export Department?

Senator READY - We found that the Export Department of South Australia exercises such a check on the private agents of that State that they are unable to continue the depredations which obtain in connexion with the sale of fruit from other States. Further, every case of fruit exported from South Australia is forwarded through that Department.

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