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Friday, 6 August 1926

Senator H HAYS (Tasmania) . - I rise to correct the wrong impression that honorable senators may have gathered from the statements which have been made regarding certain shipments of fruit from Tasmania which arrived in London in bad condition. Senator McLachlan's statement last night might be taken to apply to all the apples which have been exported from Tasmania. That is not the case. I agree with him that it would have been better for the Australian apple trade had certain consignments not been exported. I believe that the Government's permission, given at the request of the growers themselves, to export spotted fruit, has had a prejudicial effect on the Australian apple trade.

The PEESIDENT. - The honorable senator will not be in order in discussing that subject at length.

Senator H HAYS - The highest standard should be striven for; we should see that only the best quality fruit is sent to London. The heavy cost of production and of transport makes the price of Australian fruit in London so high that many who otherwise would be consumers of it are unable to buy it. Every effort should be made to keep the costs as low as possible. I support the bill.

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