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Friday, 11 September 1942


Senator KEANE - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follows : -

1.   Yes.

2.   The price of £10 10s. per ton was originally arranged at a conference between the manufacturers of fruit juice and the secretary of the Victorian Citrus-growers Association. Some growers were dissatisfied with this arrangement and the Prices Commissioner was asked to review the price. After the conference between the parties the Prices Commissioner confirmed the price of £10 10s. per ton. This price was higher than the prices paid in previous years for fruit of similar quality. The fruit in question is not fruit normally sold in the open market and in New South Wales State legislation actually prevents its sale in the open market. Moreover the fruit is delivered in bags and is much less costly to the grower to market than fruit delivered in cases in the open market. There is, in fact, no real comparison between the quality and cost of fruit normally delivered for manufacturing into fruit juice and for fruit sold on the open market. Since the original determination the Supply Department has greatly increased its requirements for the military forces, and it is now necessary to draw upon fruit normally sold in the open market such as good quality navel and Valencia oranges. In the changed circumstances and after a conference between thecitrus growers and the Prices Commissioner last week a new determination has been made, namely, £15 per ton f.o.r. Melbourne for Victorian oranges, £15 per ton f.o.r. Tailem Bend for South Australian oranges and £15 f.o.r. country stations for oranges from New South Wales.







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