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Thursday, 12 November 1936

PROPOSES to Claim £25,000 OVER Dried Fruits Case.

That he intended to claim £25,000 damages from the Commonwealth Government was stated by Mr. F. A. James, who passed through Fremantle on the Oronsay to-day after a successful appeal to the Privy Council in the dried fruits case. "I could claim a lot more," Mr. James said, " but I do not want to be vindictive. It ia possible that the Commonwealth will meet tho claim without going to court.: but, should it decline to do so, th« matter will bo referred to the High Court ".

Mr. Jamessays that he intends to claim £25,000 for what he alleges to be expenses or damages. Does he suggest that it cost him- that amount to fight the case before the Privy Council, or is that the amount that he alleges that he has lost by being prevented from trading in dried fruit in the way he desired! If he claims to have lost that amount in trading, I should like to know how it is made up. A few years ago he collected approximately £11,000, and it would appear that appeals to the Privy Council have been more remunerative to him than fruit-growing. Honorable senators will recall the time when itwas almost impossible to sell primary products at payable prices. In fact,conditions were once so bad that producers were compelled to accept almost any price.

Senator Duncan-Hughes -i do not know to which products the honorable senator is referring. Wheat is sold at world's parity and dried fruits have been disposed of at good prices.

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