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Thursday, 28 November 1935

Senator JAMES McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) . - On his return from England recently, Mr. Butler, the Premier of South Australia, said that the Australian oranges on sale in the United' Kingdom were of good quality and were highly regarded by British consumers. If a trade in fruit with the United Kingdom is to be established, we must send only the best of our produce. As the Commonwealth Government will pay the bounty, it should see that all the oranges which are exported are properly graded and packed, so that they shall arrive in England in good condition. It should also arrange for the High Commissioner and the several. Agents-General of the States to assist in their disposal.

South Australia was fortunate in that it received a small share of the New Zealand market for citrus fruits last season. The question has been asked why South Australia enjoyed that privilege and New South Wales did not. The growers of citrus fruit in South Australia believe that New South Wales, by reason of its action in regard to New Zealand potatoes, practically debarred itself . from participation in the citrus fruit trade with that dominion. There is tho further point that the South Australian fruit was probably of better quality.

Senator Foll - Was there not a fear of introducing the Mediterranean fruit fly?

Senator JAMES McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I think so. The Government has set aside £20,000 for the payment of this bounty, and as only about 100,000 cases of oranges are likely to be exported, it could afford to be generous and pay a bounty in excess of 2s. a case. The men who are taking the risk in the British market should be assisted to the fullest extent possible. I support the bill.

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