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Thursday, 24 June 1926

Senator CRAWFORD (QUEENSLAND) (Honorary Minister) - The Minister for Markets and Migration has furnished the following replies: - 1 and 2. The statement in the Melbourne press of 23rd June hist that Australian apples had been sold at the prices mentioned by the honorable senator has been noticed. A cabled report also recently appeared in the local press that London traders believed that prices for Australian apples have touched bottom, and that an improvement may now be expected.

3.   The High Commissioner, at the instance of the Government, has already conferred with the leading brokers and organizations controlling the importation and distribution of Australian apples in Great Britain, and is doing everything possible to secure the best returns for growers in the difficult position which has been created by the dislocation of transport services throughout Great Britain. The whole position ia rendered more difficult by reason of the fact that the apple-growers of the Commonwealth have no representative organization in Great Britain such as the London agencies established by the Dairy Produce and Dried Fruits Export Control Boards. The policy of the Government, as announced over two years ago, is to give assistance only where the exporting industry is thoroughly organized and is able to show that it is on an efficient basis, and that permanent results are likely to be achieved us the result of any help rendered by the Government.

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