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Tuesday, 3 December 1935

Senator BROWN (Queensland) . - Last year, £607 was expended on research into the citrus industry, but no amount is set down under that heading this year. In 1930, a Commonwealth committee which investigated the industry referred to its "dependence upon government co-operation in the exploration of markets, and the conduct of scientific research into cultural and irrigation practices and problems associated with the conditions of transport, and the preservation of fruit during transport". That the citrus industry is in a serious conditionwas shown clearly when a bill to provide for a bounty of 2s. a case on oranges exported from Australia was before this chamber recently. The responsibility of the Government does not end with the passing of that measure. I should like to know why no amount has been set aside for research this year.

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