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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE HON. A.A. STREET, M.P. , OPPOSITION ’ SPOKESMAN ON PRIMARY INDUSTRY ------------------ : ---------------

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The Opposition had won a significant victory for Australian

fruitgrowers, Mr. Street said today.

Mr. Street was commenting on the announcement that a sum of $5 million would be provided to fruitgrowers and

processers as adjustment assistance following the abolition of sales tax exemption for certain soft drinks containing pure fruit juice. .

The Budget decision to abolish the exemption had been a

severe financial blow to the apple, pear and citrus industries, Mr. Street said.

The Opposition had successfully moved to defer the Bill until details of industry assistance were announced by the Government.

"The $5 million adjustment assistance is a direct result of

our insistence on the granting of proper financial assistance by the Government to those most severely disadvantaged by the withdrawal of the sales tax exemption." .

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