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Wednesday, 18 March 1936

Senator JAMES McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) .- On behalf of the citrus fruit-growers in South Australia, I thank the Government for the bounty of 6d. proposed to be paid on all oranges exported in 1934 to destinations other than New Zealand. When a similar measure was before the Senate on a previous occasion, I joined with Senator Hardy in asking that an amount be provided to enable additional assistance to be given to citrus fruitgrowers. Those in South Australia are most gratified that the Government has decided to pay this bounty. There are a great many growers in South Australia, and although we have access to the New Zealand, market, of which Senator Hardy is so jealous, we are also desirous of establishing markets overseas. This year we have exported a considerable quantity of citrus fruit.

Senator Hardy - Our loss has been your gain.

Senator JAMES McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - South Australia has exported some citrus fruit to England ; but if we are to establish a market in that country, we must be granted some assistance. I again express the gratitude of the growers of South Australia to the Government for the granting of this bounty, which, I trust, will have beneficial results in the future.

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE (Western Australia - Minister for External Affairs) [10,16]. - in reply - In reference to the representations made by Senator Hardy and Senator James McLachlan, I desire to state that negotiations with the new Government of New Zealand to secure the admission of citrus fruitfrom New South Wales are being renewed, and I hope for a successful issue.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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