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Thursday, 8 October 1936

Senator LECKIE (Victoria) .- Senator Badmanhas raised a matter of tremendous importance. I agree with him that the grower of the oranges may have great difficulty in proving how many cases of his fruit have been exported. The Minister's reply does not satisfy me, as a business man, that the interests of the growers will be adequately protected. Parliament does not intend that the bounty shall be paid to any one other than the grower of the oranges.

Senator Foll - Could not the Government see the bills of lading?

Senator LECKIE - That would not suffice. An exporter may buy 50 cases of oranges from one grower and 50 cases from another, and export half of the total quantity purchased. What is there to prevent him from telling each of the growers that all his oranges were sold in the home market?

Senator Hardy - The return in the home market differs from that in the overseas market.

Senator LECKIE - A dishonest dealer could, deprive the growers of the bounty.

Senator Collings - That sort of thing does not happen.

Senator LECKIE - I can scarcely believe that the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Collings) is so innocent as he appears to be. These things do happen frequently, and will continue to happen unless means are taken to prevent them. I want to ensure that the bounty is paid to the grower. The Government should endeavour to tighten up the regulations to that end.

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