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Wednesday, 24 September 1941

The PRESIDENT - I did not hear the honorable senator's interjection.

Senator Foll - The honorable senator said that the Minister for Commerce was a liar.

The PRESIDENT - That is a disorderly remark. If the honorable senator used the expression, hemust withdraw it.

Senator Lamp - I withdraw it.

Senator McBRIDE - The reply of the Minister for Commerce continues -

2.   It is 28 miles from Beauty Point to Launceston. Assuming that the 31,000 cases wentby lorry by road and that each lorry did 12 miles to 1 gallon of petrol and took 250 cases each trip, about 580 gallons of petrol would be used in the cartage of the fruit and the return trip.

3.   Transport cost was3½d. a case, a total of £452 on 31,000 cases.

4.   Handling and freight charges from Beauty Point are higher than from Launceston. Any extra cost incurred in respect of movement of the fruit in question would be a charge to the apple and pear marketing scheme. There would be no case for a claim against a shipping company for the refund of any such additional cost.

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