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Thursday, 1 October 1936

Senator BADMAN (South Australia) . - The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Collings), in referring to the higher standard required by the

Government for export fruit, said that the reduced exports indicated incompetency on the part of the growers of prunes. I remind him that the size of the' fruit is governed largely by seasonal conditions.

Senator Collings - Seasonal conditions did not control the fall of the price of Californian prunes in 1935.

Senator BADMAN - Seasonal conditions affect the price of prunes for both home consumption and export. It may be that, because of seasonal conditions, a large percentage of the crop is suitable for export one year, whereas in another season the quality will not be so good, and the quantity available for export will, consequently, be smaller.

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