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Tuesday, 9 August 1921

Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) . - I have been approached by fruitgrowers to support an increase in this duty. The citrus fruit-growers of Australia have been having a pretty bad time. Within 30 miles of Melbourne I have seen lemon trees dug up. Although the price of lemons to the consumers may be too high, as is the case with other commodities and products, it does not pay the fruit-grower to grow lemons; but if we were to impose a stiff duty upon lemon skin imported from any foreign country we would be doing something practical for the citrus fruit-growers of Australia without in any way unduly penalizing any other section of the community.

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