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Friday, 6 August 1926

Senator GRANT (New South Wales) . - Can the Minister give an assurance that, when the produce reaches London, adequate steps will be taken to ensure that it will be retailed as Australian produce, and that it will reach the retailers in good condition ? Statements made in the Senate recently disclosed a most deplorable state of affairs in relation to some consignments of apples shipped to London. I understand that the condition of some apples sent from Tasmania was so bad on arrival that the retailers were ashamed to exhibit them.

Senator J B Hayes - The apples sent from Tasmania this year were of a particularly good quality.

Senator GRANT - The statements which have been made regarding the quality of the apples which reached London must have a damaging effect on the Australian apple trade. I should like the Minister to give us an assurance that steps will be taken by the London board to ensure that Australian fruits will reach the customer in a marketable condition.

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