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Thursday, 4 August 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) .- In 1918-19 the import of dry fruits under the heading " Other ", which consisted chiefly of prunes, was 590,485 lbs., and in 1919-20,. 1,317,248 lbs. That shows that there is dumping.

Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) - What was the former duty on prunes?

Senator RUSSELL - Threepence per lb. The growers of New South Wales asked the Government for a duty of 6d. to prevent dumping from California, but we thought 4£d. sufficient. If the Committee reduces, the rate, the duty .will have, no protective value.

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