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Thursday, 8 October 1936

Senator BROWN (Queensland) , - Paragraph a relates to oranges exported during the whole of the year 1936 whereas paragraph 6 refers to navel oranges exported between the 1st January and the 23rd July of this year. Can. the Minister give the reason for the different periods?

Senator Brennan - Oranges will not arrive at their destination in good condition if exported after the dates mentioned. That is particularly so in respect of navel oranges.

Senator BROWN - Paragraph d deals with oranges exported as gifts. .For several years the Queensland Preference Leauge has sent jams and other commodities to the value of many thousands of pounds to the Old Country either as gifts or for advertising purposes. The growers of the oranges are not concerned as to whether their product is exported by one organization or another, but they are concerned with the bounty. Why should they not benefit from the export of oranges by' such organizations, as I have mentioned? The purpose of the bill is to assist the growers of citrus fruits.

Senator Brennan - It is not thought reasonable that a bounty should be paid in .respect of goods sent abroad as gifts.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 5 (Rate of bounty).

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